IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: sandab (English), lenguado (Espanol)
Citharichthys gilberti Jenkins & Evermann, 1889

Big-mouth sanddab

Body elongate; head length 26-30% of SL; eyes on left side; mouth medium length (upper jaw 37-44% 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,  12-15 lower rakers; 76-88 dorsal rays; 57-66 anal rays; eye side pectoral 43-59% 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 small (<eye), thin, more or less deciduous, weakly rough on both eyed and blind side; lateral line 40-50 scales.

Brown with darker brown mottling, often with scattered whitish flecks and blotches; dorsal and anal fin with dark dots.

Size: attains 30 cm.

Inhabits soft bottoms of trawling grounds, also silt or mud bottoms of bays and estuaries.

Depth: 1-40 m.

Central Baja California the central Gulf of California to Peru; the Revillagigedos and Galapagos


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