IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: searobin (English), vaca (Espanol), cabro (Espanol), rubio (Espanol)
Prionotus albirostris Jordan & Bollman, 1890

White-snout searobin

A large, squarish, bony head that has many ridges and spines; wide between eyes; no transverse groove across top of head behind eyes; bony ridge under eye serrated at rear; mouth short, rear margin of jaw not reaching level of front of eye; teeth on jaws and roof of mouth simple; ~ 5-6 well developed lower gill rakers; two separate dorsal fins, X (first spine with serrated front edge) + 12; pectoral fins long, reaching below last few dorsal rays, 13-14 rays, with 2-3 enlarged, free rays at bottom of fin that are detached from main fin;  body with rough scales; rear flap of operculum with scales; nape scaled; lateral-line scales 50-55.

Grey brown with darker mottling, white on underside; two pale blotches on lips at side; dorsal fins somewhat dusky with brown mottling or spotting, outer edge of spiny dorsal with blackish spots; tail fin blackish with a pale central bar, and a pale outer margin; pectoral fins black on lower half, with black spotting at base and upper half.

Size: attains about 20 cm.

Inhabits sand-mud trawling grounds.

Depth: 20-100 m.

Southern Baja and the Gulf of California to Peru, and Malpelo.


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