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Species: Pontinus castor, Longsnout Scorpionfish

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snout long
no pit behind eyes
no distinctive marks
pectoral 15-18, no rays branched
scales rough

Pontinus castor Poey, 1860

Longsnout Scorpionfish

Head very bony, with numerous spines, without pit behind eye; snout long (130-200% of eye) and pointed; ridge under eye with 3-4 spines; uppermost preopercular spine longest, 2nd spine reduced or absent; teeth on roof of mouth at sides but not at front; slit present behind last gill arch; dorsal fin XII (none elongated), 10.5 (9.5-11.5); anal III+5; pectoral with longest rays in center, 17 (15-18) rays, all unbranched; scales rough, present on cheek. behind eye and on chest; lateral line complete, with tubes on scales;.

Reddish; scattered dark specks on head and body; fins spotted with red.

Reaches 46 cm.

Rocky and shell bottoms.

Depth range: 32-549 m.

Bermuda to Venezuela.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Bivalves & sea cucumbers
  • 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
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • 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
  • 46
Depth Range Min
  • 32
Depth Range Max
  • 549