Serranus psittacinus Valenciennes, 1846
Barred serrano
Serranus psittacinus
photo by Lavan, J.

Family:  Serranidae (Sea basses: groupers and fairy basslets)
Max. size:  18 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 6 - 61 m
Distribution:  Eastern Pacific: Gulf of California to Peru, including the Galapagos Islands.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 10-10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-12; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 7-7
Biology:  Inhabits rocky bottoms or isolated reefs (Ref. 9342); usually found near patch reefs on sandy or broken-shell bottoms. Solitary and diurnal. Juveniles under laboratory conditions can tolerate low water temperatures, e.g. 9.4°C (Ref. 6852).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 02 May 2008 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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