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Species: Diplodus bermudensis, Bermuda porgy

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longest D spine 40% head length
tail base: dark blotch extends well below LL
LL 62-67

Diplodus bermudensis Caldwell, 1965

Bermuda porgy

Body deep, oval, compressed; head small, deep, snout pointed; mouth small, opens at front, barely reaches to below front edge of eye; bone under front of eye overlaps rear bone of top jaw; both jaws with 6 strongly flattened, broad incisors at front, 3 rows of molar like teeth at sides; preopercle border smooth; 18-21 gill rakers; dorsal fin low, XII, 13-16, longest spine 40% of head length, 1st spine not pointing forwards; anal fin short, III short spines, 13-15 rays; pectoral long, much longer than pelvic; cheeks and opercles scaly, but no scales on snout or between the eye and mouth; 62-67 scales on lateral line.

Silvery, with 8-9 faint dark bars in small fish; a conspicuous black blotch larger than eye on upper part of tail base, which extends below lateral line, nearly to lower edge of tail base; opercular membrane blackish.

Reaches 32 cm.

Shallow clear coastal waters over rocky and coral bottoms.

Depth range: 0-25 m.

Known only from Bermuda.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Reef only
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Omnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Benthic microalgae
  • Benthic macroalgae/seagrasses
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • All species.
Regional Endemism
  • All species..
  • Island (s) only
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Bermuda endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 32
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 25