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Species: Parasphyraenops incisus, Bantam Bass, Splitfin Bass

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D deep notch; spines 1-IV: oblique dark blotch, bo
top jaw covered
+ teeth
operculum - central spine curves up
A 7

Parasphyraenops incisus (Colin, 1978)

Splitfin Bass, Bantam Bass

Body elongate, cigar shaped, depth 21-23% of SL; head bluntly pointed; snout short, 6% of SL; bone under eye flexible, without a large hooked flange that completely covers top jaw when mouth is closed; mouth protrusible; jaws with 1 row of minute, fixed teeth; no teeth on roof of mouth; gill rakers long, 28; operculum with 3 spines, middle spine curved up; dorsal fin X, 10, deeply notched between spiny and soft parts; anal fin III, 7; scales rough, covering body, operculum and cheek.

Pale brown above, pinkish white below; body with 3 brown stripes, one along the upper back, 1 from the top corner of the operculum to the upper tail fin base, the 3rd from middle of the pectoral base to the lower tail fin base, the latter two ending in ending in an oval spot dorsal fin with a large oblique black blotch covering first 3-4 spines near outer edge of fin, bordered before and after by white oblique bars; tail fin with upper and lower lobes yellow-brown, the center translucent.

Reaches 6.8 cm.

Lives in aggregations on steep slopes and dropoffs of reefs.

Depth range: 12-200 m.

N Carolina to Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Insular primarily
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 6.8
Depth Range Min
  • 12
Depth Range Max
  • 200