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Species: Antigonia capros, Deepbody Boarfish

All Families:   All Genera:   All Species:

body depth 80-100% SL
D VII-IX, 31-37; A II-III, 29-34
pectoral 13 (rarely 12)
pelvics long (well past A origin)

Antigonia capros Lowe, 1843

Deepbody Boarfish

Body very deep (depth 80-100% SL), rhomboidal, strongly compressed; upper and lower body profiles convex; head small, with radiating bony ridges; forehead profile strongly concave; a distinct crest along nape; eyes large, but relatively small; mouth small, oblique, opens at front, top jaw protrusible; 19-22 gill rakers; dorsal fin continuous, VIII (rarely VII or IX) spines, 3rd longest, 31-37; anal fin II-III spines, 1st longest, 29-34, spines separate from rays; soft dorsal and anal fins with long bases, scaly sheaths; pectoral fins bluntly pointed, with I spine, 13 (rarely 12 or 14) rays pelvic fins I, 5, spine reaching well past anal fin origin; tail fin bluntly rounded; scales with a toothed keel at rear + small teeth, 47-54 along side; lateral line arched.

Pink to orange-red; 3 dark red bars - eye, midbody, tail base; vertical fins whitish.

Reaches 30.5 cm.

On and near the bottom.

Depth range: 27-900 m, usually 100-300 m.

Worldwide (except the E Pacific) in tropical and subtropical areas; Massachusetts to Argentina.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Water column
  • Mud
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Circumtropical ( Indian + Pacific + Atlantic Oceans)
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
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
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 30.5
Depth Range Min
  • 27
Depth Range Max
  • 900