Species: Synodus saurus, Atlantic lizardfish, Bluestripe lizardfish
Synodus saurus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Atlantic lizardfish, Bluestripe lizardfish
Body relatively robust; snout long pointed, longer than eye; mouth large, extending well past eye; no fleshy knob on tip of chin; many rows of fine pointed teeth on jaws, tongue and (in 1 band) on side of roof of mouth; fins without spines; one dorsal fin in mid-body, with a small skin-flap fin behind it above anal fin; anal 10-13 rays; pelvics on abdomen behind pectoral base, 8 rays, inner rays distinctly longer than outer rays; 57-60 lateral line scales; 3 rows of scales between dorsal fin and lateral line; bases of short rays at top and bottom of tail fin completely scaleless.
A series of wavy dark bars on back extend down below the midline; blue and salmon lines along body; no dark spot at top corner of gill cover.
Size: 40 cm.
Habitat: demersal on mud or sand bottoms.
Depth: 1-400 m; usually < 20 m.
Both sides of the Atlantic, and into the Mediterranean; S Carolina to Panama.
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- Marine Only
- Inshore Only
- Water Column Position
- Soft bottom only
- Sand & gravel
- Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
- 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
- Island (s) only
- GC non-endemic
- Island (s)
- Climate Zone
- Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
- Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
- IUCN Red List
- Least concern
- Not listed
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