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Species: Jeboehlkia gladifer, Bladefin bass

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D front spine = long white blade
red to white, fin edges white
red bars: D to A, C base



Jeboehlkia gladifer Robins, 1967

Bladefin bass

Body moderately elongate and compressed; head pointed; eye large; front nostril tubular, near top lip; mouth moderately large, slightly oblique, lower jaw projecting; rear of top jaw exposed when mouth closed, with accessory bone above it; rear edge of preopercle finely serrated, with 3 forward pointing spines below; operculum with 3 spines at rear, central one largest; 9+1+16 long, slender gill rakers; dorsal fin with VIII spines (1st minute and buried, 2nd a long blade, membranes deeply indented between spines), 9 rays, strongly notched;  anal fin III, 7; pectoral 15; pelvics I, 5, 1st two rays very long; tail fin rounded; scales small, weakly rough, head with scales on cheeks and opercle ; lateral line absent; lateral scale rows ~65.

Head and body white to pink to reddish; iris red; upper half of head and nape red; a white stripe along the centerline of the head from the top lip to the long, 2ndt dorsal spine, which is white; a broad red bar across the soft dorsal fin down the body and across the anal fin, those two fins with white edges; pelvic fins white; tail fin red, with a white rear border.

Reaches 7.8 cm.

Lives on deep reefs.

Depth range: 100-395 m.

South Carolina to the southern Caribbean.


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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species.
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continent
  • Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • All species..
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 7.8
Depth Range Min
  • 100
Depth Range Max
  • 395