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Species: Anableps anableps, Largescale Four-eyes

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grey +7-8 dark thin stripes
between eyes > eye
lateral scales < 64



Anableps anableps (Linnaeus, 1758)

Largescale Four-eyes

Body elongate, rounded at front, compressed at rear; head depressed at front, pointed in side view; eye horizontally divided, raised above of head, with 2 pupils; space between eyes > eye diameter; mouth protractile, at top front, upper jaw longer; teeth simple; nostrils tubular; gill membranes joined under throat (but not fused) to throat; fins without spines; dorsal fin short (7-10), far back on body, well behind anal fin; pectoral fin low on side; pelvic fins on the abdomen, distinctly behind tip of pectoral fin; fertilization internal, male sex organ is formed by first three anal fin rays; scales large, < 64 in lateral series (corner of the operculum to the base of the tail fin).

Pale grey; 7-8 dark grey lines along body and belly; fins dusky.

Size: reaches 30 cm.

Habitat: lives at the surface layer.

Habitat freshwater, and, sometimes, in saline mangrove areas at the mouths of rivers.

Depth: 0-5 m.

Trinidad and the Orinoco delta to the Amazon delta.

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  • Brackish
  • Freshwater
  • Non Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Mid Water
  • Near Bottom
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Water column
  • Estuary
  • Freshwater
  • Mangrove
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Insects
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Phytoplankton
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Live birth
  • No pelagic larva
  • No pelagic phase
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 30
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 5