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Species: Bellator egretta, Streamer searobin

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snout plates v short
nasal spines present
eyes with tentacles
short spine over pectoral base
C: yellow spots above
mouth not reaching front eye
pectoral: top edge barred, 1st free ray < fin
chest no scales

Bellator egretta (Goode & Bean, 1896)

Streamer searobin

Head very spiny; spiny plates at front of snout very short, blunt, without large spines at front; mouth short, not reaching under eye; a sharp spine before eye, large tentacles over rear of eyes; spines around nostrils, large spines on preopercle and opercle; spine behind operculum short, not reaching past large spine on upper operculum; dorsal fin XI, in male 1st spine very long, reaching past tail fin, 11-12; anal 11-12 (usually 11) rays; pectoral fins short, 12 joined rays, reaching just past origin of anal fin, with 3 enlarged, free rays at bottom of fin, 1st free ray shorter than fin itself; breast without scales; 95-112 lateral line scales; membrane above opercular spine without scales; nape not scaled.

Head & upper body yellow-brown to orange brown; sides of body with bars that are red above, yellow below; spiny dorsal dusky yellow, with black spot between spines IV-VI, soft dorsal with 6 diagonal yellow lines; upper ½ of tail fin with yellow spots, lower rays red; pectoral rays reddish or yellowish, upper 3 rays with alternating patches of dark and light pigment, often as bars; anal fin red, sometimes with yellow bars.

Size: 12 cm.

Habitat: sand and mud bottoms.

Depth: 40-232 m, usually 64-183 m.

N Carolina to the S Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Pelagic fish eggs
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Zooplankton
  • Pelagic fish larvae
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • All species.
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • GC non-endemic
  • Also in Brazil
  • All species..
  • Extends North of GC
  • Island (s)
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends South of GC
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 12
Depth Range Min
  • 40
Depth Range Max
  • 232