Species: Nettastoma melanurum, Blackfin sorcerer
Nettastoma melanurum Rafinesque, 1810
Elongate, cylindrical at front, compressed at rear, with a long slender, pointed tail; head and body 33-40% of TL; a long narrow snout (no fleshy proboscis at its tip); jaws long and pointed, reach back under rear edge of eye; large eye; front nostril tubular, at front of snout, rear nostril opens above front edge of eye; top jaw overhanging; teeth conical, relatively small, in bands, a patch of teeth at front of top jaws, some exposed when mouth is closed; roof of mouth with central patch of teeth on which central teeth are enlarged; no pectoral fins; dorsal fin origin over or behind gill opening; dorsal and anal fins confluent with tail fin; lateral line complete, on head and body; 44-49 pores before anus; 2 pairs of pores on snout between front nostril and eye.
Silvery, edges of median fins black.
Reaches 78 cm.
Lives on soft silt and mud bottoms.
Depth range: 37-1647 m, usually below 300 m.
Florida to French Guiana; also the E Atlantic.
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- Marine Only
- In & Offshore
- Water Column Position
- Bottom only
- Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
- Soft bottom only
- FishBase Habitat
- Feeding Group
- Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
- Bony fishes
- Egg Type
- Pelagic larva
- Global Endemism
- Greater Caribbean non-endemic
- Transatlantic (East+West Atlantic)
- Regional Endemism
- Extends South of GC
- GC non-endemic
- Continent only
- Also in Brazil
- Climate Zone
- Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
- Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
- Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
- IUCN Red List
- Not evaluated / Listed
- Not listed
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