Serranus inexpectatus Wirtz & Iwamoto, 2018
Serranus inexpectatus
photo by Wirtz, P.

Family:  Serranidae (Sea basses: groupers and fairy basslets)
Max. size:  9.2 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 25 - 36 m
Distribution:  Eastern Central Atlantic: Senegal, Gabon and Angola; and possibly Sierra Leone.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-1; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-12; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 7-7. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D X,12; A III, 7; gill rakers 5-7 + 10-11, total = 15-18; pseudobranchial filaments about 22; pored lateral line scales 46; circumpeduncular scales 21; scales below D1 origin 4 and below first segmented dorsal ray 3-3.5; truncate caudal fin with upper lobe slightly pointed and the lower somewhat rounded; dorsal, anal and pectoral fins scaly near base; tube-like anterior nostril with rim low anteriorly but rising to a high narrow flap posteriorly, 4-6 long cirri at distal tip; posterior nostril a simple opening lacking a raised rim; a prominent black blotch distally between dorsal fin spines a and 4; body with 5 broad bands and another over nape, with the band under the 5th to 10th spines descending to belly well removed from the pectoral-fin base and to front of anal fin; the band below anterior rays of soft dorsal fin descends to middle of anal-fin base (Ref. 118671).
Biology:  Found in rocky bottoms (Ref. 118671).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 09 October 2018 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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