Rypticus courtenayi McCarthy, 1979
Socorran soapfish
Rypticus courtenayi
photo by GuimarĂ£es, R. Z. P.

Family:  Serranidae (Sea basses: groupers and fairy basslets), subfamily: Grammistinae
Max. size:  19 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 6 - 11 m
Distribution:  Eastern Pacific: Revillagigedo Islands, Mexico.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 2-2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 23-26; Anal soft rays: 15-17; Vertebrae: 24-24. Body, excluding cheeks, with small, well-defined cream spots on dark background, concentrated in the anterodorsal field; spotting relatively sparse, usually lacking on median fins. Body and head, excluding lips with embedded scales; posterior limb of maxillary scaled. Dorsal spines 2 (rarely 3). Lower jaw only slightly projecting, sometimes with fleshy protuberance. In > 6.5 cm SL specimens, there are numerous, small pores in patches along the ventral surface of lower jaw; those along margin of preopercle confined to patches (Ref. 40934).
Biology: 
IUCN Red List Status: Vulnerable (VU); Date assessed: 01 May 2008 (D2) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 11.07.00

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