IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: sleeper (English), puyequi (Espanol), dormilón (Espanol)
Dormitator latifrons (Richardson, 1844)

Pacific fat sleeper

Head and body somewhat compressed, body relatively deep, deepest before dorsal fin; head broad and flat on top; eyes on side of head snout blunt; gill membranes broadly joined to throat; mouth oblique, top jaw reaching to level of front of eye; teeth small conical, in several rows on jaws; two separate dorsal fins, VII weak spines + I, 8-9, base of 2nd  dorsal < distance from the end of that base to tail fin; anal rays I, 9-10; pelvics I, 5, long, completely separated; scales large, 30-34 along side, head scaled; no lateral line.

Brown to purplish, about 7-8 narrow (one scale wide) oblique bars on upper sides; a dark bar under the eye; side of head with several dark brown stripes; a prominent blue "ear" spot behind upper edge of gill cover; dark bar on base of pectoral; second dorsal and anal fins with rows of spots.

Size: grows to at least 61 cm.

Habitat: fresh and brackish waters.

Depth: 2 m.

Southern California to the lower Gulf of California to northern Peru, and the Galapagos.


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