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Species: Corniger spinosus, Spinycheek Soldierfish

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body oval, deep
snout: central groove oblong
uniforme red
big spines point back under eye
preoperculum bluntly angular, 2 large spines
A 9-12

Corniger spinosus Agassiz, 1831

Spinycheek Soldierfish

Body ovate, deep; snout moderately pointed with relatively long straight forehead; eyes large, at upper margin of head; groove on top of snout oblong; mouth moderately large, slightly oblique; edge of bone under eye with large, strong, backward pointing spines; 2 large spines at lower corner of preoperculum and 2 spines at top corner of operculum; dorsal with XII spines, last spine equal to or longer than spine before it, fin not divided to base between 11th and 12th spines; anal with IV spines, none extremely long or thick, 9-12; pelvics I, 7; tail small, forked, with strongly rounded lobes; scales very rough, 28-30 on lateral line.

Uniform orange-red.

Reaches 23 cm.

Presumably on hard bottoms.

Depth range: 42-275 m.

North Carolina to Brazil, St Helena in the central Atlantic, the E Atlantic.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • Transatlantic (East+West Atlantic)
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 23
Depth Range Min
  • 42
Depth Range Max
  • 275