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| Common names: serrano (English), serrano (Espanol) |
Serranus psittacinus Valenciennes, 1846
Barred serrano, Banded serrano
Body elongate, moderately compressed; body depth 3.2-3.4 in SL; preopercle regularly serrated, no spur with enlarged spines; 10-12 lower gill rakers; dorsal rays X (rarely IX or XI), 11-13; anal rays III, 7; pectoral rays 17; tail with blunt, straight edge; scales rough, relatively large, lateral-line scales 46-49.
Brown on upper half, white below; about eight dark brown, vertically elongate, blotches on upper side, these often united to form a broad stripe, continued along lower half of body as row of more or less isolated, large spots; a large black spot or saddle preceded by white bar or saddle on tail base.
Size: to 18 cm.
Inhabits small patch reefs or rocky outcrops in sand- rubble areas in rocks.
Depth: 2-60 m.
Central Baja to the Gulf of California to Peru, the Galapagos.