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  Common names: grunt (English), corocoro (Espanol), teniente (Espanol)
Orthopristis cantharinus (Jenyns, 1840)

Galapagos sheephead grunt

Elongate, elliptical, strongly compressed; mouth short, ends before eye, with thin lips, not red inside; chin with 2 front pores and 2 rear pores in central hole, plus a longitudinal groove; preopercle finely serrated, lower serrations do not point forwards  with vertical margin straight; lower gill rakers 12-16; dorsal fin XII, 15, without notch between spines and rays; anal fin with long base, III, 12-13, 2nd  and 3rd  spines equal length; tail forked; body scales without small accessory scales; 9-10 scale rows between lateral line and dorsal origin; soft dorsal and anal scaleless; lateral line 65-72 scales. 

Body dark metallic blue, paler below; with ~ 9 oblique dark bars on upper back; orange tint on head and front of body; cheeks and opercle silver, with orange dots; inside mouth orange; opercle with black rear margin; fins with dark margins.

        Size: 45 cm.

Habitat: demersal on soft bottoms.

Depth: 0-40 m.

        Endemic to the Galapagos.
Unconfirmed records from Clipperton and the Gulf of California are doubtful as there are no museum specimens from those sites.   


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