IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: bass (English), cabrilla (Espanol)
Hemanthias signifer (Garman, 1899)

Hookthroat bass,     Damsel bass,     Damsel thread-fin bass

Body elongate, compressed; head short, compressed; eye large;  mouth strongly oblique, without accessory bone above top jaw bone; canine teeth at front of mouth; teeth on center and sides of roof of mouth; preopercle margin serrated above and below;  adults with pointed, hook-like spine at front of throat where it joins base of gill arches; 33-38 gill rakers; dorsal with X spines, 3rd  spine long, filamentous, 13-14 rays; anal III, 7-9;  pectoral 18-20 rays; pelvics long; tail weakly forked, outer rays longest in adults and juveniles; scales small, rough,  7-8 rows between 5th  dorsal fin and lateral line; top jaw and most of snout and area between eyes scaleless; 59-69 scales on lateral line.

Head, body and fins pink; yellow stripe from snout under eye, can extend to edge opercle; yellow spots on upper operculum; sometimes yellow spots on lower flank; dorsal and anal pink, yellow margin; tail pink, upper and lower margins yellow; pelvics pink, yellow tips; pectoral yellowish.

Size: 42 cm.

Habitat: demersal on rocky reefs.

Depth: 25-305 m.

Southern California and the lower ¾ of the Gulf of California to Peru and Malpelo.


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