The Pacific Fat Sleeper, Dormitator latifrons, whose common Spanish name is puyeki, is a member of the Sleeper or Eleotridae Family, known collectively as. Species Fact Sheets. Dormitator latifrons (Richardson, ). See tree map display tree map. FAO Names. En – Pacific fat sleeper, Fr -, Sp – Camote del Pacífico. PDF | On May 10, , L. Malec and others published Saccocoelioides lamothei n. sp. de Dormitator latifrons (Pisces: Eleotridae) de lagunas.

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They are bottom feeders that will sift through the substrate consuming detritus, plankton, and small fish. Their head is flat with small beady eyes, a blunt snout, and a large slightly oblique mouth. Short description Morphology Morphometrics Body compressed; head flat; first dorsal fin with 7 spines, second with 1 spine and 8 to 9 rays; anal fin with 1 spine and 9 to 10 rays; lateral line with 30 to 34 scales; body depth contained about three times in standard length; body dark green to dark brown with numerous small pale spots Ref.

It is cultivated and exported primarily to the United States Laaz et al, Latifronss are attractive for marketing due to their long shelf-life without refrigeration.

They prefer water temperatures between 25 o C 77 o F and 33 o C 91 o F. A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America. They have a dark bar under their eyes and several dark doormitator stripes on the side of their head behind the eyes that extend to the end of their gill cover. Dormitator latifrons is distinguished from other species in Western Ecuador by having a short, robust body, a wide flat head, a large mouth, maxilary reaches the anterior margin of the ocular orbit, lower mandible projects beyond upper, dorsal fins with dark blotches againts a fainter background, color is highly variable from latigrons brown to green rormitator, orange blotches at the apix of the dorsal fin.


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They lack a lateral line and are covered with large scales. They vary in color from jet black to shiny red-brown to yellow-brown with seven or eight oblique bars on their upper sides. You can sponsor this page. Native range All suitable habitat Point map Year The Pacific Fat Sleeper, Dormitator latifronswhose common Spanish name is puyeki, is a member of the Sleeper or Eleotridae Familyknown collectively as guavinas in Mexico. Benthic and most abundant on sandy and muddy bottoms.

Globally, there are five species in the genus Dormitatortwo of which are found in Mexican waters, one in the Atlantic and one in the Pacific.

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They have the ability to migrate from freshwater to the ocean. Low to moderate vulnerability 25 of Sign our Guest Book. Phylogenetic diversity index Ref.

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Found in shallow inshore areas; typically in freshwater but moves freely into the sea. Their anal fin has one spine and 9 or 10 rays; their caudal fin is straight; their first dorsal fin has seven spines; their second dorsal fin has a short base with one spine and 8 or 9 rays; their pectoral fins are relatively short and do not reach the anus; and their pelvic fins are long and widely separated.

Ingests much mud and detritus, although also filter plankton Ref. This is an important food fish and very popular among people in western Ecuador.

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Inhabit estuaries, stagnant ditches or dormitatr of low current velocity between the sea and an elevation of 30 m. Marine; freshwater; brackish; demersal; pH range: Within some South American cultures they are considered an important food fish.

They reach a maximum length of 61 cm 24 inches and weight of 1. Native range All suitable habitat Point map Year Sounds Ciguatera Speed Swim. A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America.