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Acanthistius pictus
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Acanthistius pictus

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Acanthistius pictus
© Copyright Photographer/SFTEP, 2002 · 0
Acanthistius pictus
© Copyright Photographer/SFTEP, 2002 · 0

Main identification features
  • dorsal fin xi
  • preopercle - lower spines point forward
  • opercle - 3 strong spines


Elongate, compressed; mouth large; jaws with inner rows of small, slender teeth, and outer row of canines; teeth at front and center of roof of mouth; a small supramaxilla bone above main bone (maxilla) of top jaw; preopercle serrated, with 2-3 large forward pointing spines on its lower edge; operculum with 3 strong spines; no scaly flap of skin over upper end of pectoral base; ; tail with bluntly straight edge, with 15 branched rays; most pectoral rays branched; scales small to medium sized; lateral line complete, tubes with branches; lateral line scales distinct, about equal sized to neighboring scales.

A tropical to warm temperate genus found in the Indo-west Pacific, the SE Pacific and both sides of the south Atlantic. One warm temperate species endemic to the eastern Pacific extends into the southern fringe of our region.

  • Béarez , P. and Jiménez, P., 2002., New records of serranids (Teleostei, Perciformes) from the continental shelf of Ecuador with a key to the species, and comments on ENSO-associated fish dispersal., Cybium, 2002.
  • Hildebrand, S.F., 1946., A descriptive catalog of the shore fishes of Peru., Bull. U.S. Nat. Mus., 189:1-530.
  • Jimenez-Prado, P., Béarez, P., 2004., Peces marinos del Ecuador continental / Marine fishes of continental Ecuador., SIMBIOE/NAZCA/IFEA tomo 1 y 2.
  • Tschudi, J. J. von., 1846., Ichthyologie. Pp. ii-xxx + 1-35, Pls. 1-6. In: Untersuchungen über die Fauna Peruana., Scheitlin & Zollikofer:1-693.


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