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Species: Pristipomoides aquilonaris, Wenchman, Wenchman Snapper

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body depth 31-41% SL
pink, D margin & both lobes C yellow
D & A no scales, last rays filamentous
gill rakers 24-28
roof mouth - V tooth patch
LL 48-52

Pristipomoides aquilonaris (Goode & Bean, 1896)

Wenchman, Wenchman Snapper

Body an elongate oval (depth at origin of dorsal fin 31-41% of SL), fusiform; flattened between eyes; mouth relatively large, top jaw moderately protrusible, slips under cheek bone for most of its length when mouth is closed; one or more rows of pointed conical teeth on jaws, with enlarged canines at front; teeth on front and sides of roof of mouth numerous, small and slender; center of roof of mouth with V shaped tooth patch; gill rakers 24-28; dorsal fin continuous, not notched between spiny and soft parts, X, 10-11; anal fin III, 8; last ray of dorsal and anal fins conspicuously longer than preceding rays, usually produced in a filament; pectorals long, about 2/3 head length, 15-17 rays; tail fin forked; scales medium-sized to small; body, cheek and operculum scaly; snout, below eye and both jaws scale-less; dorsal and anal fins scaleless; lateral line scales 48-52.

Back and upper sides pink, lower body silvery; iris yellow-orange; pectoral base, margin of dorsal fin and both lobes of tail yellow.

Reaches 56 cm, 2 kg.

Nearbottom on soft and semi-hard bottoms.

Depth range: 24-650 m.

N Carolina to S Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Mid Water
  • Near Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Water column
  • Mud
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Bentho-Pelagic
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
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 N + S of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • 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
  • 56
Depth Range Min
  • 24
Depth Range Max
  • 650