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| Common names: sand-bass (English), cabrilla (Espanol) |
Paralabrax auroguttatus Walford, 1936
Gold-spotted sand-bass, Goldspotted sand-bass
Body elongate, compressed, body depth 3.0-3.2 in SL; head pointed; mouth large; preopercle finely serrated; 13-14 gill rakers; dorsal rays X, 13-14, third spine greatly elevated, over three times longer than second, end of fin pointed; anal rays III, 6-8; pectoral rays 16; lateral line 73.
Overall brownish becoming white ventrally; head and sides covered with numerous golden orange to brownish spots; back with 2-3 thin pale stripes; lining of gill cavity orange; juveniles white with three dark brown stripes and a lighter brown stripe or longitudinal row of spots between each dark stripe, the stripes break up into spots with increased growth.
Size: to at least 71 cm.
Inhabits rocky bottoms.
Depth: 2-183 m.
Central Baja to the Gulf of California to central Mexico.