In Mexican fishing waters , the Spotted Sand Bass is abundant along the Pacific side of the Baja California Sur peninsula, throughout the Sea of Cortez south to Punta Chivato, and along the coast of mainland north of Guaymas, but it is absent from the oceanic islands.
It is eurythermal, being able to tolerate water temperatures in excess of 90 degrees Fahrenheit and as low as 45 degrees. The Spotted Bay Bass is commonly caught in the northern portion of the Sea of Cortez and is considered to be an excellent food fish.
Note: This fish is also called the "calico" in the Rocky Point (Puerto Penasco) area of the northern Sea of Cortez. Courtesy Jim Davis, Yuma, Ariz.
The Spotted Bay Bass, or Spotted Sand Bass, is a member of the Serrandae or Sea Bass and Grouper Family.