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Microlepidotus inornatus  Gill, 1862

Wavyline grunt
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Haemulidae (Grunts) > Haemulinae
Etymology: Microlepidotus: Greek, mikros = small + Greek,lepis = scale (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Gill.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated.   Subtropical; 28°N - 18°N

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Eastern Central Pacific: Baja California to Mazatlan in Mexico; stragglers reach southern California, USA.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 45.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9114)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

During the day, it occurs in large schools that slowly move to the boarders of reefs (Ref. 9114). At nightfall, they move offshore and divide into smaller schools to feed (Ref. 9114). Feeds on mollusks and crustaceans (Ref. 9114). Marketed fresh (Ref. 9114).

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Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).

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Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H. Hammann, 1983. A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America. Boston (MA, USA): Houghton Mifflin Company. xii+336 p. (Ref. 2850)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Fisheries: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.7500   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01096 (0.00629 - 0.01910), b=2.95 (2.80 - 3.10), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.6   ±0.50 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate vulnerability (40 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Medium.