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sand-perch

Sand Perch

Diplectrum formosum

Description: Body and dorsal fins with many dark brown bars and alternating orange and blue horizontal lines; head with many blue lines; preopercular spines very well developed; grouped in 2 radiating clusters with a deep notch between them; upper lobe of caudal fin prolonged in adults.

Size: To 30 centimeters (1 foot).

Where Found: Bays, coastal grassy areas, and shallow banks.

Remarks: Popular as a pan fish despite its small size.

Illustration: © Diane Rome Peebles

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