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  Common names: damselfish (English), gregory (English), major (English), castañeta (Espanol), jaqueta (Espanol)
Stegastes redemptus (Heller & Snodgrass, 1903)

Clarion damselfish

Body oval, compressed; 1 pair of nostrils; margin of preopercle serrated; margin of bone under eye serrated, without notch it and the bone before it; mouth small, protrusible; teeth in single row, long and close-set;  lower gill rakers 13-14 (rarely 12 or 15); a single continuous dorsal fin, XII, 15 (rarely 14); anal rays II, 13; pectoral rays 20 (rarely 19 or 21); no projecting short spines at upper and lower base of tail fin; caudal fin bluntly forked; scales are moderately large and rough; body scaled, head largely scaled (snout scaled to nostrils), as are the basal parts of the median fins; lateral-line scales 20 (rarely 19 or 21); lateral line incomplete, ends under end of dorsal fin base.

Head and front of body light brown, middle part of body gradually darker brown and posterior part whitish; most of body scales with blackish margins; soft dorsal and anal fins mostly whitish with pale yellow on outer portion, caudal fin pale yellow; juveniles  bright yellow with dusky back, a prominent dark spot at base of anterior soft dorsal rays and smaller dark spot on upper edge of tail base.

Size: grows to 15 cm.

Habitat: rocky reefs.

Depth: 1-20 m.

Primarily from the Revillagigedo Islands, with the odd straggler reaching the tip of Baja California.


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