IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: mojarra (English), mojarra (Espanol), palmito (Espanol)
Eucinostomus entomelas Zahuranec in Yanez-Arancibia, 1980

Dark-spot mojarra,     False-spotfin mojarra

Body an elongate oval (depth 34-41% of SL); upper head profile almost straight; lower profile of head distinctively concave; mouth highly extensible, pointing downward when protruded; lower border of preopercle smooth; bone under front of eye with smooth border; teeth inside throat all pointed; dorsal rays IX, 10, elevated at front,  2nd  spine less than or equal to distance between tip of snout and rear of eye; anal fin III, 7-9, second spine thick, shorter than third, shorter than snout; pectoral fin pointed, not reaching to origin of anal fin; tail fin deeply forked; scales large, conspicuous and finely rough, covering most of head and body; dorsal and anal fins fold into a high scaly sheath along their bases;  lateral line curved on front of body; scales extend before front of eye on top of snout around scaleless groove; lateral-line scales 43-45.

Body plain silver in adult, silver on side, brown above and yellow below in juvenile; black blotch on body wall inside upper corner of operculum; spiny dorsal shades from grey base to black margin; anal fin membrane usually dusky; rear 2-1/3 of pelvic fin dusky in adults; small fish with 3-10 narrow bars on upper sides.

Size: 24 cm.

Habitat: schools on soft bottoms in shallow bays; juveniles in coastal lagoons and estuaries.

Depth: 0-100 m.

Southern Baja and the Gulf of California to Peru.


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