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Atlantic Spadefish: Chaetodipterus faber

Appearance:

  • Silver color with 4 to 6 black vertical bars on each side (may fade in larger fish)
  • Deep, compressed body
  • First and second dorsal fins separated
  • Tail-shape concave
  • Second dorsal fin and anal fin elongated
  • Young are entirely dark brown or black in color

Similar Species: No close resemblance, but frequently called angelfish by mistake

Size: Up to 36 inches (20 pounds); common to 2 pounds

Habitat:

Inshore, nearshore, over seagrass beds and around structure

Behavior:

Spawn in spring and summer; travel in large schools; small juveniles may drift on their sides to mimic floating debris; feed on crustaceans and other invertebrates

Additional Information

State Record: This species is not currently eligible for a state record.

 


Image Credit: © Diane Rome Peebles



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