IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: midshipman (English), toadfish (English), pez-fraile (Espanol), sapo (Espanol)
Porichthys analis Hubbs & Schultz, 1939

Gulf saddled toadfish,     Gulf saddled midshipman,     Dark-edge midshipman

One strong solid spine on opercle, no subopercular spines; teeth like canines; 12 (11-13) lower gill rakers; dorsal rays II + 34-41; anal rays 36 (33-39); last dorsal and anal rays separate from caudal fin; head and body scaleless; a sharp, non-venomous spine on upper rear corner of gill cover; four lateral lines with conspicuous rows of light organs; lower lateral line on flank with 16 pores BEHIND end of its light-organ row. 

Tan or silvery whitish with 6-7 (5-9) brown saddles along upper body; dorsal fin with ~ 6 blotches along outer half; tail with dark border; front part of anal fin with dark margin.

Size: grows to at least 30 cm.

Inhabits sand and mud bottoms.

Depth: 1-225 m.

Southern Baja and the Gulf of California to central Mexico.


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