|Family||Scientific Name||Author||Year||Common Name|
|Serranidae||Schultzea beta||(Hildebrand)||1940||School Bass|
Unique Characters: Dorsal fin with 10 spines and 11 or 12 rays. Anal fin with 3 spines and 6-13 rays. Most of upper edge of operculum free, not connected by skin to body. Caudal fin emarginate. Head larger, its length contained 2.3-3.3 times in standard length. Preopercle without a large antrorse spine in most species; middle opercle spine not reaching edge of operculum. Front nostrils variously shaped, but always closer to rear nostrils than to upper lip. Supramaxilla absent. Teeth fixed (not depressible). No scaly flap of skin joining upper part of pectoral-fin base to body. Soft dorsal and anal fins mostly naked (hence the rays are easy to count). Scales larger, the lateral scale series about the same number (39-55) as the lateral-line scales. Preopercle not expanded posteriorly, the serrae at the angle only slightly enlarged. Upper jaw distinctly protrusile; jaw teeth rudimentary or absent; no teeth on vomer or palatines. Body slender, the depth 20-23% standard length. Posterior process of premaxilla relatively narrow and near middle of alveolar ramus. No teeth in jaws. Branchiostegal rays 6. Dorsal fin margin not deeply notched. Middle opercle spine straight (horizontal). Body orange-brown; irregular bluish white blotches and spots on body and fins.
Similar Species: None.