Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 5 - 23 m (Ref. 5227), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C - ; 30°N - 1°S, 120°W - 70°W
Eastern Central Pacific: Gulf of California to northern Colombia and the Galapagos Islands.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 60.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 40637); max. published weight: 4.2 kg (Ref. 40637)
Body moderately deep and compressed; dorsal fin with 10 thick spines and 11 to 12 soft rays (X,11-12); interspinal membranes with terminal cirri; pectoral fins wide, with 14 rays, the lower 7 thickened and unbranched, with notched membranes; body olive green to red, with 4 dark oblique bars with cobalt blue borders; head with similar dark bars (Ref. 55763).
Solitary, bottom-living in shallow waters (Ref. 28023). Lies very still on rock ledges and is well camouflaged against the rocks. Feeds on crustaceans and small fishes (Ref. 37955). Considered a good food fish (Ref. 9289).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Bussing, W.A. and R.J. Lavenberg, 1995. Cirrhitidae. Chinos, halcones. p. 1007-1010. In W. Fischer, F. Krupp, W. Schneider, C. Sommer, K.E. Carpenter and V. Niem (eds.) Guia FAO para Identification de Especies para lo Fines de la Pesca. Pacifico Centro-Oriental. 3 Vols. FAO, Rome. (Ref. 9289)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: commercial; gamefish: yes
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 21.6 - 29.1, mean 26.7 °C (based on 117 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00933 (0.00367 - 0.02375), b=3.07 (2.85 - 3.29), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.0 ±0.67 se; based on food items.
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (28 of 100) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 42.3 [28.7, 76.1] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.543 [0.336, 0.795] mg/100g ; Protein = 19.8 [18.9, 20.7] % ; Omega3 = 0.145 [0.109, 0.194] g/100g ; Selenium = 44.6 [27.3, 72.3] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 54.2 [22.7, 122.7] μg/100g ; Zinc = 0.991 [0.738, 1.302] mg/100g (wet weight);