IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: sanddab (English), lenguado (Espanol)
Citharichthys fragilis Gilbert, 1890

Gulf sanddab

Body elongate; head length 27-30% of SL; eyes on left side; mouth medium length (upper jaw 38-42% of head length), ends under center of lower eye; blind side jaws not arched; teeth ~ equally developed on both sides of jaws, in 1 series of immovable teeth on each jaw, no canines but front teeth a little enlarged; gill rakers slender, moderately long, 18 lower rakers; 80-88 dorsal rays; 67-70 anal rays; pectoral long, ~ 75% of head length; base of eye-side pelvic on midline of body; urinary papilla on blind side, immediately behind anus; eye-side lateral line ~ straight, from edge of opercle to tail base; scales rough; lateral line 44-50 scales.

Eye-side brown, body and fins mottled with dark brown, with a few bluish spots; blind-side uniform pale.

Size: 22 cm.

Habitat: sandy bottoms.

Depth: 20-350 m.

California to Baja and to the Gulf of California.


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