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Species: Prionotus murielae, Cay Sal searobin

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cirri: nostrils & over eye
reddish, snout and tail base bright pink
pectoral rounded, past A base, top 2l rays = long filaments

Prionotus murielae Mowbray, 1928

Cay Sal searobin

Snout short, forehead dished, steep before eye; eye large; cirri on nostrils and over eyes; mouth opens slightly under snout, lower jaw not projecting; lower spine on preoperculum not reaching past edge of operculum; dorsal rays X, 1st spine slightly longer than second, 12; anal rays 10; pectoral fins long, 13-14 joined rays, reaching past base of anal fin, upper 2 rays extend as long filaments, with 3 enlarged, free rays at bottom of fin; body scaled; membrane above opercular spine with scales; nape with scales.

Red-brown above, bright red and pink below; snout and tail base conspicuously pink; fins all irregularly blotched with pink and red, the pectoral darkest.

Size: reaches 20 cm.

Habitat: mud-sand bottoms.

Depth: 15 m.

The NW Bahamas.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Bahamas endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 20
Depth Range Min
Depth Range Max
  • 15