Hemanthias signifer (Garman, 1899)
Damsel bass
photo by Robertson, R.

Family:  Serranidae (Sea basses: groupers and fairy basslets), subfamily: Anthiadinae
Max. size:  42 cm TL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 680.0 g
Environment:  demersal; depth range 23 - 306 m
Distribution:  Eastern Pacific: Playa del Rey in southern California, USA to Peru.
Diagnosis:  A sharp spine projecting anteriorly from ventral border of urohyal (Ref. 40817).
Biology:  Probably forms schools and lives near the bottom in deep waters (Ref. 9342). Of some commercial importance in zones where it is abundant (Ref. 9342).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 01 May 2008 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 20.07.94
Modified by: Froese, Rainer - 14.11.01
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 06.09.94

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