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Species: Serranus baldwini, Lantern Bass

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belly white + 4 orange & brown rectangular blotches
C base: 2 rows black spots

Serranus baldwini (Evermann & Marsh, 1899)

Lantern Bass

Body elongate, moderately compressed; snout shorter than eye; rear of top jaw exposed when mouth closed, without accessory bone above it; 3 opercular spines well developed, middle spine large and straight; preopercle regularly serrated, no spur with enlarged spines; gill rakers 14-18; dorsal fin X, 10; anal fin III, 7; pelvics inserted before pectoral base; pectoral fin 13-17; tail with slightly concave edge, 13-15 branched rays; scales very rough, relatively large, 6-7 rows of scales on cheek; 42-48 pored lateral line scales; top of head without scales.

Head and front 2/3 of upper body dark brown, with pale mottling; belly, rear of body and tail base white, belly with 4 orange-brown bars and an orange stripe along flank; tail fin with 2 vertical rows of black spots - one of 2 spots at fin base, the other of 4 spots behind that; tips of dorsal fin spines black.

Reaches 7.4 cm.

Reef associated - sand bottoms with rubble and seagrass.

Depth range: 1-80 m.

North Carolina to Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Mud
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
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
  • 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
  • 7.4
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 80