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| Common names: snapper (English), pargo (Espanol) |
Lutjanus guttatus (Steindachner, 1869)
Spotted rose snapper
Body a moderately deep oval; front and rear nostrils simple holes; mouth relatively large and protractile; teeth conical to caniniform, those at front of jaws generally enlarged and fang-like; tooth patch at central roof of mouth crescentic or triangular, with a short pointed rear extension; sides of roof of mouth with 1 tooth patch; 16-17 gill rakers; preopercle serrated, lower margin notched; dorsal rays X, 12-13; dorsal continuous; anal rays III, 8; soft dorsal and anal with pointed to angular ends; tail edge ~ straight; bases of soft dorsal and anal fins scaly; scale rows on upper back rising obliquely above lateral line.
Pale crimson or pinkish to yellowish with silvery sheen with narrow golden-green to brownish oblique stripes; a distinctive black spot or smudge on back below middle portion of dorsal fin.
Size: reported to reach 80 cm, common to 40 cm.
Habitat: occurs inshore in sandy bays, also in deeper trawling grounds.
Depth: 0-107 m.
Southern California to the Gulf of California to Peru, Cocos and Malpelo.