Pomadasys panamensis (Steindachner, 1876)
Panama grunt
Pomadasys panamensis
photo by Allen, G.R.

Family:  Haemulidae (Grunts), subfamily: Haemulinae
Max. size:  39 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range 10 - 60 m
Distribution:  Eastern Pacific: Gulf of California to Peru.
Diagnosis:  Body oblong, moderately compressed, and not very deep (depth contained 2.3 to 2.5 times in standard length); mouth moderate sized and terminal, its posterior end located at the same level as the anterior rim of the eye; first gill arch with 20 to 23 gill rakers; dorsal fin deeply notched, with 12 to 13 spines and 13 soft rays (XII-XIII, 13); pectoral fins very long (contained 2.7 to 3.3 times in standard length), reaching origin of anal fin; second anal spine much stronger and longer than third; back gray; belly silvery; posterior angle of operculum with a very distinct black spot preceded by a green area (Ref. 55763).
Biology:  Adults inhabit sandy bottoms of coastal waters (Ref. 9114). Marketed fresh (Ref. 9114).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 22 May 2007 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 30.06.95
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 30.07.14

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