Flag Serrano
Serrano Bandera
(Serranus huascarii)

Flag Serrano, Serranus huascarii: The Flag Serrano is small with distinct features making it easy to identify without much chance of error.

The Flag Serrano has a dark head, body, caudal fin, dorsal fin and pelvic fins, and four distinctive color characteristics: a yellow-brown iris of the eye, a large pale yellow blotch behind the pectoral fin, a purple blotch above the anus on the sides, and a tail with a white bar in the center.

The head of this fish species has a large mouth with a projecting oblique lower jaw and the pelvic fins originate before the pectoral fins. The fourth dorsal spine is the longest and the second anal spine is longer than the third. The tail is concave.

The Flag Serrano reaches a maximum length of 8 inches and is found between 250 and 600 feet in the water column over rocky bottoms.

In Mexican fishing waters, it is only found in the lower half of the Sea of Cortez and along the coast of the mainland south to Guatemala; it is absent from the Pacific side of Baja California and from the oceanic islands. The Flag Serrano is quite small, and very rare, and is thus of limited interest to most.

The Flag Serrano is a member of the Serranidae Family.

Flag Serrano fish picture 1

Flag Serrano, Serranus huascarii: La Playita, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Size approximately 6 inches. January 2009. Photo courtesy of John Snow.

Flag Serrano fish picture 2

Flag Serrano fish picture 3

Flag Serrano, Serranus huascarii: Caught during a fishing trip with Capt. Pata in the panga Salome, La Playita, San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico, early morning in February 2004, in 71-degree water, at a depth of 300 feet, utilizing a Sabiki rig, size 4, 20-pound test, about 5 miles southeast of La Playita. Size approximately 6 inches. The first picture was taken upon collection; the second several hours later in a controlled environment. Description and photo courtesy John Snow. Species identification confirmed by Dr. Ross Robertson.

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