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| Common names: midshipman (English), pez-fraile (Espanol), sapo (Espanol) |
Porichthys ephippiatus Walker & Rosenblatt, 1988
One solid spine on opercle; no subopercular spines; teeth like canines; 8 (7-9) rakers on lower limb of first gill arch; first dorsal fin 2 solid spines, separate from second dorsal fin; second dorsal 31-32 rays; anal rays 28 (26-30; dorsal and anal fins not joined to tail; no scales; 4 lateral lines on body with light organs; lower lateral line ends ~ 5 pores behind same line of light organs.
With 5 (4-6) dark saddles on back; occasionally spots on head and nape; dorsal fin with up to 11 dark blotches along outer half, up to 7 forming bars; tail pale, with blotches occasionally, no dark border; anal fin clear; pectoral dusky on outer part of upper rays and upper base.
Size: 13.5 cm.
Habitat: sandy and muddy bottoms.
Depth: 15-245 m.
Mouth of the Gulf of California to Guatemala.