IUCN threat status:

Vulnerable (VU)

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  Common names: salema (English), salema (Espanol), ojón (Espanol)
Xenocys jessiae Jordan & Bollman, 1890

Black-striped salema

Elongate, compressed; head conical, compressed; eyes large; chin with 2 pairs of pores, rear pores larger, well separated, not in a hole; mouth short, oblique, lower jaw projecting; teeth minute, in bands on jaws, on roof of mouth; dorsal fin - spiny and soft parts completely separate, X +I, 13-14, 2nd  fin with shorter base than 1st  fin; tail forked; anal - III small spines, 10-11 rays; soft part similar in size and form to soft dorsal; lateral- line scales 50-52.

Silvery with about 7 black stripes along side.

Size: attains 30 cm.

Habitat: forms daytime aggregations containing hundreds of individuals, along rocky shores.

Dept: 3-20 m.

Galapagos Islands.


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