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Species: Calamus cervigoni, Spotfin Porgy

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snout short, v steep
end spiny D: large black blotch
no enlarged canines
pectoral long

Calamus cervigoni Randall & Caldwell, 1966

Spotfin Porgy

Body deep, compressed; head deep, snout short, blunt, nearly vertical, bump over eyes; eye large; rear nostril elongate to slit-like; mouth horizontal, reaches under eye, lips thin; bone under front of eye overlaps rear bone of top jaw; jaw teeth in 2 rows, conical and slender at front, equal sized canines at front of both jaws, none enlarged, molar teeth on sides (3 rows above, 2 below); preopercle border smooth; dorsal fin low, XII,11; anal fin short, III short spines, 10 soft rays; pectoral fin 15 (14-15) rays, fin relatively long, reaches to level of anal fin spines; cheeks and opercles scaly, but no scales on snout or between the eye and mouth; lateral line scales 44-48.

Overall silvery, with yellow-brown cast to back; faint dark bars on nape; a dark bar under eye; a conspicuous dark bar on dorsal fin at junction of spiny and soft parts; several thin oblique bars.

Size: to 20 cm.

Habitat: mud bottoms.

Depth: 10-90 m.

Colombia and Venezuela.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Sea-stars/cucumbers/urchins
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 20
Depth Range Min
  • 10
Depth Range Max
  • 90