IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: serrano (English), serrano (Espanol)
 
Serranus psittacinus Valenciennes, 1846

Barred serrano,     Banded serrano


Body elongate, moderately compressed; body depth 3.2-3.4 in SL; preopercle regularly serrated, no spur with enlarged spines; 10-12 lower gill rakers; dorsal rays X (rarely IX or XI), 11-13; anal rays III, 7; pectoral rays 17;  tail with blunt, straight edge;  scales rough, relatively large, lateral-line scales 46-49.

Brown on upper half, white below; about eight dark brown, vertically elongate, blotches on upper side, these often united to form a broad stripe, continued along lower half of body as row of more or less isolated, large spots; a large black spot or saddle preceded by white bar or saddle on tail base.

Size: to 18 cm.

Inhabits small patch reefs or rocky outcrops in sand- rubble areas in rocks.

Depth: 2-60 m.

Central Baja to the Gulf of California to Peru, the Galapagos.
   

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