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Species: Prionotus beanii, Bean’s searobin

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+/- nasal spines
D1: central ocellus
preopercular spine short
pectoral: to center A, rear edge concave, pale + 2 large dark patches

Prionotus beanii Goode in Goode & Bean, 1896

Bean’s searobin

Snout moderate; moderately steep; sometimes with spines around nostrils; no cirri over nostrils or eyes; mouth small, opens slightly under snout, lower jaw not projecting; preopercular spine reaching just past operculum; dorsal rays X, 11-12, anal rays 10; pectoral fins with concave rear edges, 13-14 joined rays, with 3 enlarged, free rays at bottom of fin, fins reaching to middle of base of anal fin; body scaled; chest and throat with scales; membrane above opercular spine with scales; nape with scales.

Greenish grey-brown above, reddish-brown blotches on sides; spiny dorsal with an ocellated spot between spines IV-V, soft dorsal with 3 red-brown stripes; pelvics yellowish orange; tail fin with 3 bars; pectoral pale, with 2 broad dark areas in center.

Size: reaches 15 cm.

Habitat: mud-sand bottoms.

Depth: 55-274 m, usually 46-128 m.

Honduras to Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Soft bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • All species.
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Extends South of GC
  • All species..
  • Continent only
  • Continent
  • Also in Brazil
  • GC non-endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 15
Depth Range Min
  • 55
Depth Range Max
  • 274