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| Common names: sand-perch (English), menta (Espanol), camotillo (Espanol), serrano (Espanol) |
Diplectrum euryplectrum Jordan & Bollmann, 1890
Big-head sand-perch, Wide-spur sand-perch
Body elongate, moderately compressed; head large (~ 43% of SL); angle of preopercle a wide, squarish bony spur with 6-12 large spines, much higher than remaining part of upper border of preopercle; 21-27 gill rakers; dorsal X, 12-13; anal III, 8 rays; tail slightly forked; snout and between eyes scaleless; scales moderately small, rough; 46-52 lateral line scales, 8-13 vertical rows scales on cheek.
Grey brown; body with ~ 4 double dark bars, 2 horizontal rows of gold speckles; large dark blotch on tail base; yellow stripes on head - eye to top jaw, above top jaw to behind eye to divide into 2-3 branches to upper, mid and lower cheek; dark blotch on upper opercle; spiny dorsal membranes blue, spine tips orange; soft dorsal pale grey, dark grey band along its base; tail & pelvics yellow to orange; pectoral and anal dusky.
Size: 20 cm.
Habitat: soft bottoms.
Depth: 15-150 m.
Southern Baja and the lower Gulf of California to northern Peru, and the Galapagos.