IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: lizardfish (English), chile (Espanol), garrobo (Espanol), lagarto (Espanol)
Synodus lucioceps (Ayres, 1855)

California lizardfish

Body relatively robust; head relatively wide (width 50-70% of its length) snout long, pointed; eye moderate; lower jaw not 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, 11-13, with a small skin-flap fin behind it above anal fin,  dorsal fin origin ~ midway between adipose fin and snout tip; anal fin 11-14 rays, its base long, equal to base of dorsal fin; pectorals long, extend past base of pelvic fin; pelvics on abdomen behind pectoral base, with 8 rays, inner rays distinctly longer than outer rays; scales smooth;  lateral-line scales 63-67, 7 scale rows between lateral line and base of dorsal fin; bases of rays of tail fin completely scaleless; lateral line straight, along entire body

Mottled brown, cream and grey above, with a row of ~ 8 irregular dark blotches along midflank, abruptly pale below; gill membranes and pelvics yellowish.

Size: 64 cm.

Habitat: demersal on mud or sand bottoms.

Depth: 1-230 m.

Temperate NE Pacific; Oregon to the Gulf of California.


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