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| Common names: grunt (English), roncador (Espanol) |
Conodon serrifer Jordan & Gilbert, 1882
Armed grunt, Serrated grunt
Elongate, compressed; eye large, > length of snout; mouth ends under front edge of eye; chin with two pores at front, 2 more in hole behind them; preopercle border concave, strongly serrated, its angle with 1-2 large spines pointing back, teeth at lower border pointing forwards; outer row of teeth on both jaws enlarged; dorsal fin XII, 12-13, deeply notched; anal III, 7-8, 2nd spine much larger than 3rd, about ½ head length; pectoral fins relatively long, reach past tip of pelvics; tail fin with straight edge; head and body entirely scaled; 50 pored lateral line scales; 5-6 rows of scales between lateral line and dorsal fin origin.
Brownish on back, silvery blue-grey on sides, and white below; 6-7 blackish bars on upper side, not extending below pectoral; soft dorsal, anal, and pelvic fins yellow.
Size: grows to about 30 cm.
Frequents trawling grounds, occasionally encountered in fish markets.
Depth: 5-72 m.
Southern California to the eastern Gulf of California to northern Peru.