IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: mullet (English), trucha (Espanol), lisa (Espanol)
Agonostomus monticola (Bancroft in Griffith & Smith, 1834)

Mountain mullet

Body robust;  convex between eyes; eyes without transparent fatty eyelid; mouth opens at front;  top and bottom lips thick; without fleshy knob at tip of lower lips; teeth strong, imbedded in jawbones, in bands inside lips, those on inner row on top jaw with 2-3 points, those on lower jaw with 1-2 points; tooth bands on lower jaws almost meet in center of mouth; teeth on sides (and front) of roof of mouth; two short, widely spaced dorsal fins, 1st  with IV slender spines,  2nd  9 rays; anal fin II, 10; pectorals high on body, 1st  ray hard; pelvics inserted behind pectoral base; weakly forked tail; scales very rough, 38-46 lateral scales; second dorsal and anal fins only with a few small scales on front base; no lateral line.

Olive above, white below, design of dark crisscrossed lines on back; fins yellowish; a dark blotch on tail base; upper 1/3 of pectoral base dark; juveniles with distinct spot on tail.

Size: to 36 cm.

Habitat: adults in rivers, juveniles at river mouths; adults entering sea to spawn, where larvae develop.

Depth: 0-5 m.

A new world, tropical to warm temperate species; in our region it occurs from the lower Gulf of California to northern Peru, the Galapagos and Cocos Islands.


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