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Zalembius rosaceus
© Copyright Richard Herrmann, 2006 · -3
Zalembius rosaceus

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Main identification features
  • oval; head small, pointed
  • pink + 2 black spots
  • tail fin forked, top point longer
  • a: margin s shaped


Body moderately elongate, rather deep; dorsal and ventral profiles gently convex; tail base short, narrow and tapering; head small (<37% of standard length); mouth at front, jaws equal, usually not reaching to eye level; snout bluntly conical; rear nostril an ellipse at oblique angle to body axis; eye horizontal, slightly oval; dorsal fin base long, with scaly sheath at base of soft part, without notch; anal base short, 3rd spine longest, rear rays long in male, fin margin S shaped; tail forked, upper rays longest.

This temperate to subtropical genus contains one species endemic to the northeast Pacific, which enters the northern fringe of our region.

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  • 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 versión 1.0. Projecto de la Macrofauna del Golfo .  Derechos reservados de los autores y Conservación Internacional.
  • Jordan , D.S. and Gilbert, C.H., 1880., Description of a new flounder (Platysomatichthys stomias), from the coast of California., Proc. U.S. Nat. Mus., 3:301-303.
  • 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.
  • Pondella II, D.J., Gintert, B.E., Cobb, J.R., Allen, L.G., 2005., Biogeography of the nearshore rocky-reef fishes at the southern and Baja California islands., Journal of Biogeography, 32:187-201.
  • Tarp, F.H., 1952., A revision of the family Embiotocidae (the surfperches)., Fish Bull. Calif. Depart. Fish and Game, 88:1-99.


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