Calamus taurinus (Jenyns, 1840)
Galapagos porgy
Calamus taurinus
photo by Robertson, R.

Family:  Sparidae (Porgies)
Max. size:  40 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; depth range 3 - 40 m
Distribution:  Southeast Pacific: endemic to the Galapagos Islands.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 12-12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-12; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 10-10
Biology:  Occurs over sand-rubble bottoms adjacent to reefs (Ref. 11482). Its strong molariform teeth are well adapted for crushing crabs, clams, and snails (Ref. 28023). An important food fish.
IUCN Red List Status: Near Threatened (NT); Date assessed: 03 December 2009 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 22.06.93
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 29.04.09
Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 03.08.94

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