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Species: Bellator ribeiroi, Caribbean Searobin

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snout plates jut out
long spine over pectoral base
C: 4 yellow stripes above
mouth long
pectoral: red, reaches 3rd A ray, edges:- top - small spots, bottom - black
chest scaled

Bellator ribeiroi Miller, 1965

Caribbean Searobin

Spiny projections at front of snout thin and horn-like, with small spines at front, extend well past tip of snout; mouth long, reaches under front edge of eye; 1 large spine on preoperculum; spine behind operculum large, reaches past large spine on upper operculum; dorsal fin XI, 1st spine very long in male, 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, free rays shorter than fin; chest scaled; membrane above opercular spine without scales; nape not scaled.

Upper 1/3 of head and body red-brown; flanks with 4-5 large dark spots; 1st dorsal brown, a dark spot between spines IV-V; 2nd dorsal red, with 3 yellow stripes; upper lobe of tail with 4 wide yellow stripes, lower part red; front base of anal fin red, rear base white; pelvics red; pectoral rays red, upper border with small dark spots, tip and lower margin of fin black.

Size: 16 cm.

Habitat: sand and mud bottoms.

Depth: 40-145 m.

Honduras to Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Pelagic fish eggs
  • Pelagic fish larvae
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
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)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 16
Depth Range Min
  • 40
Depth Range Max
  • 145