IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: king-croaker (English), lambe (Espanol)
Menticirrhus ophicephalus (Jenyns, 1840)

Snakehead king-croaker

Body elongate, rounded in cross-section, belly flat; head long, low; snout ~ conical, projecting beyond horizontal mouth; teeth villiform, no canines, outer row teeth of upper jaw scarcely enlarged if at all; slits and pores above mouth; short thick barbel on chin with a pore at its point and several more at its base; gill rakers short, 6-9; preopercle weakly serrated; dorsal rays X-XI + I, 21-24, spines short, not reaching soft dorsal; anal rays I, 9, spine weak; pectoral 18-20, not reaching end of pelvics; tail concave, rounded tips; scales of head and body rough, scales on breast smooth, much smaller than those on body; soft dorsal and anal fins without basal scaly sheath; pored lateral-line scales 63-66.

Body and head pale silvery grey; dorsal dusky, spiny part darker; tail pale, broad dusky margin; anal dark grey, white front border; pectoral dark grey outer 2/3; pelvic dark grey, white margin.

Size: 45 cm.

Habitat: coastal bays.

Depth: 1-20 m?

Ecuador to Chile.   


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