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Species: Serranus fuscula, Two spot seabass

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midbody on LL - dark blotch
D 12, spines: no filaments, edge yellow
C 13 branched rays, concave, dark spot at base

Serranus fuscula Poey, 1861

Two spot seabass

Body oblong, compressed; mouth large, rear of top jaw exposed when mouth closed, without scales; teeth fixed, not moveable; preopercle finely serrated, evenly rounded edge; opercle with 3 flat spines; gill rakers 20; dorsal fin X, 12, membranes between spines without a short filament, 10-14; pectorals 18; tail fin 13 branched rays, edge slightly concave (rounded in juvenile); lateral line scales 46-49.

Head and body tan to pinkish; operculum with a white blotch; a series of dark blotches on lateral line, that under origin of soft dorsal most intense; belly and chest bright white; young with a conspicuous dark spot on center of end of tail base; outer edge of the dorsal fin yellow.

Reaches 15 cm.

Lives on hard bottoms.

Depth range: 20-308 m.

S Carolina to the NW Caribbean.

Note: Previously in the genus Centropristis.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Rocks
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
Diet
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continental primarily
  • GC non-endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Island (s)
  • Continent
  • Extends North of GC
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 15
Depth Range Min
  • 20
Depth Range Max
  • 308