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Species: Schultzea beta, School bass

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stripes + white blotches
tail base: dark + white spots
top jaw exposed
D X, 11-13, ~no notch
no teeth
operculum - central spine straight

Schultzea beta (Hildebrand, 1940)

School bass

Head and body elongate; head long and pointed; mouth very protrusible, extends to under middle of eye; front and rear nostrils moderately separated, rear nostril with a flap; rear of top jaw exposed when mouth closed, without accessory bone above it; no teeth on jaws or roof of mouth; preoperculum angular, serrated, serrae at corner enlarged; operculum with 3 close-set spines, middle spine straight; gill rakers long, 29-39; dorsal fin X, 11-12 soft rays, a notch between spines and rays; anal fin III, 6-8; tail fin forked; scales rough, none on head, 48-56 with pores on lateral line.

Red-brown above, silvery-white below; snout yellowish; a dark bar under eye; 3 brown stripes along back and mid-side of body, central stripe from snout throught eye to center of tail base, a row of whitish blotches between each pair of stripes; end of upper and lower tail base  with a dark spot, bordered before and behind with a whitish spot; tail fin translucent yellowish.

Reaches 15.5 cm.

Lives on reefs.

Depth range: 21-170 m.

N Carolina to the S Caribbean.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Rocks
  • Corals
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef only
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Planktivore
  • Data
Diet
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends North of GC
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Continent
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 15.5
Depth Range Min
  • 21
Depth Range Max
  • 170