IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: lizardfish (English), chile (Espanol), garrobo (Espanol), lagarto (Espanol)
Synodus evermanni Jordan & Bollman, 1890

Sharpnose lizardfish,     Spotted lizardfish,     Inotted lizardfish

Body very elongate, its depth 6.6-8.5 in SL; snout long and sharply pointed; eye large; lower jaw ending in a fleshy knob; mouth large, slightly oblique, at front; many rows fine pointed teeth on jaws, tongue and (in 1 band) on side of roof of mouth; gill membrane under operculum with 15-18 rays; fins without spines; one dorsal fin in midbody,10-11, with a small skin-flap fin behind it above anal fin, dorsal fin origin closer to adipose fin than snout tip; anal fin 10-11, its base shorter than base of dorsal fin; pelvics on abdomen behind pectoral base, with 8 rays, inner rays distinctly longer than outer rays; scales smooth; lateral-line scales 43-50; bases of rays of tail fin completely scaleless; lateral line straight, along entire body

Greyish brown on back, silvery whitish on sides and lower part of body, with about 8-9 diffuse dark blotches along lateral line; scales with narrow dark outlines; caudal fin dusky.

Size: reaches at least 20 cm.

Habitat: occurs on soft mud or sand bottoms, frequently captured by shrimp trawlers.

Depth: 10-300 m.

Southern Baja and the lower 2/3 of the Gulf of California to Peru.


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