IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: sawtail (English), surgeonfish (English), cochinito (Espanol), navajón (Espanol)
Prionurus punctatus Gill, 1862

Yellow-tail sawtail

Body oval, compressed; a steep head profile; eye high on the head; a small protrusible mouth placed low on head; teeth moderately large, flattened, close set, with strongly tooth edges; dorsal fin VII-VIII, 25; anal rays III, 23; pelvic I, 5; 3 bony nobs along each side of middle of tail base; scales very small, rough; lateral line complete.

Grey with numerous small black spots covering head and body, tail fin bright yellow; a dark- edged whitish bar on head behind eye; juveniles either yellow or similar to adults.

Size: grows to 60 cm.

Habitat: common along rocky shores, usually seen in schools.

Depth: 0-30 m.

Northern Gulf of California to NW Costa Rica, plus the Revillagigedos Islands, rarely in the Galapagos. Most abundant in Mexico


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