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Pontinus sierra (Gilbert, 1890)
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Pontinus sierra
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Pontinus sierra

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Main identification features
  • eye largenarrow between eyes
  • dorsal fin - no long spines
  • bright red, back with green blotchesunder head white
Head very bony, with numerous spines; lateral line with tubes on scales; pectoral fin 20 rays, all unbranched; head and body compressed; large, deep head, nape flat; eye relatively large (24-29% of head length); between eyes; dorsal fin XII, 9 (rarely 8), without elongated 2nd or 3rd spines; pectoral 17-19 rays; anal III,5, second spine moderately long; 15-22 spines on first gill arch; 23-29 scales with lateral line pores.

Head and body bright red; with grey-green blotches on back; underside of head and inside mouth bright white.

Size: 24 cm.

Habitat: rubble bottoms.

Depth: 48-351m.

Southern Baja to the central Gulf of California to northern Peru.

Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap); Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos); Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo).
Depth Range Max: 351 m.
Depth Range Min: 48 m.
Diet: octopus/squid/cuttlefish; mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs); bony fishes.
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=29; Southern limit=-5; Western limit=-112; Eastern limit=-78; Latitudinal range=34; Longitudinal range=34.
Egg Type: Pelagic; Pelagic larva.
Feeding Group: Carnivore.
FishBase Habitat: Demersal.
Global Endemism: East Pacific endemic; Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic; All species.
Habitat: Sand & gravel; Soft bottom (mud, sand,gravel, beach, estuary & mangrove); Soft bottom only.
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Inshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 24 cm.
Regional Endemism: Continental TEP endemic; 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic; Continent; Continent only; TEP endemic; All species.
Residency: Resident.
Salinity: Marine; Marine Only.
Water Column Position: Bottom; Bottom only;

Scientific source:

Links to other sites

  • Findley, L.T., Hendrickx, M.E., Brusca, R.C., van der Heiden, A.M., Hastings, P.A., Torre, J., 2003., Diversidad de la Macrofauna Marina del Golfo de California, Mexico., CD-ROM versiˇn 1.0. Projecto de la Macrofauna del Golfo .á Derechos reservados de los autores y Conservaciˇn Internacional.
  • Gilbert, C.H., 1890., A preliminary report on the fishes collected by the steamer "Albatross" on the Pacific coast of North America during the year 1889, with descriptions of twelve new genera and ninety-two new species., Proc. U.S. Nat. Mus., 13:49-126.
  • Jimenez-Prado, P., BÚarez, P., 2004., Peces marinos del Ecuador continental / Marine fishes of continental Ecuador., SIMBIOE/NAZCA/IFEA tomo 1 y 2.
  • Love, M.S., Mecklenburg, C.W., Mecklenburg, T.A., Thorsteinson, L.K., 2005., es of the West Coast and Alaska: a checklist of North Pacific and Artic Ocena species from Baja California to the Alaska-Yukon border., U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, 288pp.


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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes ( gen. , sp. ) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes (Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Scorpaenidae (Scorpionfishes or rockfishes) > Scorpaeninae
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Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range ? - 250 m (Ref. 55763 ).   Tropical; 25°N - 8°N

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