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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.


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