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  Common names: midshipman (English), pez-fraile (Espanol), sapo (Espanol)
Porichthys oculellus Walker & Rosenblatt, 1988

Small-eye midshipman

Eye small; 1 solid spine on opercle; no subopercular spines; teeth like canines; 7-8 rakers on lower limb of first gill arch; first dorsal fin 2 solid spines, separate from second dorsal fin; second dorsal 38-40 rays; anal rays 37 (35-38); dorsal and anal fins broadly joined to tail; pectoral round, 15-16 rays;  no scales; 4 lateral lines on body with light organs; 12 tail rays; lower lateral line ends after same line of light organs.

Pale yellowish brown above, fading to greyish white below;  5-7 grey-brown saddles on back, 1 across nape, & 1 across rear of head & operculum;  dark half moon shaped blotch under eye; a pale blotch on preopercle; dorsal, anal and tail fins very pale translucent yellow.

Size: 8.4 cm.

Habitat: sand and mud bottoms.

Depth: 5-10 m.

Panama to Colombia.   


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