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Species: Serranus maytagi, Pallid Bass

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whitish + faint yellow bars
eye large, yellow
fins pale, D & C - yellow tips
top head scaled to between eyes
opercular spines weak

Serranus maytagi Robins & Stark, 1961

Pallid Bass

Body elongate, moderately compressed; snout shorter than eye; eye very large (33-40% head length); rear of top jaw exposed when mouth closed, without accessory bone above it; 3 opercular spines, top one rudimentary, middle spine largest; preopercle regularly serrated, no spur with enlarged spines; gill rakers 19-23; dorsal fin X,12; anal fin III, 7; pelvics inserted before pectoral base; pectoral fin 15-16; tail fin slightly forked; scales very rough, relatively large, 6-7 rows of scales on cheek; 45-50 pored lateral line scales; top of head with scales to level of rear edge of pupil.

Adult: pale whitish tan; iris yellow; 3 faint yellowish bars on body, under center and end of spiny dorsal, and under middle of soft dorsal; a white bar on side of belly between the front 2 yellow bars; there may also be yellow marks on shoulder, center of tail-fin base and under eye; median fins white, outer edge of front of spiny dorsal yellow, top and bottom edges of tail fin yellowish. Juvenile (preserved) pale; edge of first three dorsal spines black, a faint bar from the base of dorsal spines V-VI to the belly, a small dark spot on mid-flank under center of soft dorsal.

Reaches 11.5 cm.

On deep soft bottoms.

Depth range: 185-275 m.

E Gulf of Mexico to the SE Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
  • 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 endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC 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
  • 11.5
Depth Range Min
  • 185
Depth Range Max
  • 275