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Family Sparidae
Class: Actinopterygii (ray-finned)
Order: Perciformes

Key Features:
There is only one species of porgy that is found in the Sea of Cortez, the Pacific Porgy, Calamus brachysomus.  This is a large fish reaching up to two feet in length (0.6m) and weighing as much as five pounds (2.3kg).  Although superficially resembling grunts, porgies may be differentiated by the presence of a broad and deeply tapered snout and strong molariform teeth.  It is found in California, Sea of Cortez, Western Mexico, and south to Peru.   

Notable Species in the Sea of Cortez

Calamus brachysomus
Pacific Porgy

Pacific Porgy Calamus brachysomus, By Traci Henne, San Carlos, Sonora Mexico

Calamus brachysomus
Pacific Porgy

San Carlos, Sonora Mexico


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