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Species: Larimus breviceps, Shorthead drum

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oblong, humped
v short snout
mouth v oblique, lower jaw projecting
plain body
gill rakers 28-33



Larimus breviceps Cuvier in Cuvier & Valenciennes, 1830

Shorthead drum

Body short, oblong, compressed; back humped; head short, compressed; snout very short; eye large; mouth large, very oblique to vertical; lower jaw projecting; teeth very small and sharp, in 1-2 rows along edges of jaws; chin with 4 minute pores, no barbels; snout with 5 pores along its edge; preopercular margin slightly serrate, without large spines; gill rakers 28-33, long and slender, longest > eye; top corner of gill opening notched; dorsal fin deeply notched, IX-X + I, 26-29; anal rays II, 6-7, second spine long and stout, ¾ length of 1st ray; tail with moderate angular point; scales rough on body and top of head; smooth on cheeks and operculum; lateral line extends to the center of the end of the tail fin.

Color uniform silver grey, darker on back; a dark spot at base of pectoral fin; pelvic and anal fins yellowish.

Size: attains 31 cm.

Inhabits sand and mud bottoms of coastal waters; juveniles enter estuaries.

Depth: 1-60 m.

Cuba to SE Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Brackish
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Estuary
  • Sand & gravel
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Bony fishes
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
Global Endemism
  • All species.
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Island (s)
  • Continent
  • All species..
  • GC non-endemic
  • Also in Brazil
  • Extends South of GC
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Least concern
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 31
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 60