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Species: Larimus fasciatus, Banded Drum

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oblong, humped
v short snout
mouth v oblique, lower jaw projecting
7-9 dark bars
gill rakers 34-36



Larimus fasciatus Holbrook, 1855

Banded Drum

Body short and robust, back elevated; head short, compressed; snout very short; eye large; mouth large, strongly oblique, lower jaw projecting; teeth very small and pointed, set in 1-2 rows along edges of jaws; 4 minute pores on tip of chin, no barbel; snout with 5 edge pores; preopercular margin smooth; gill rakers very long and slender, 34-36, longest = eye; top corner of gill opening notched; dorsal rays X + I, 24-27; anal rays II, 6-7, second spine long and stout, ¾ length of 1st ray; tail fin rounded in adult; scales larger, rough on body and head, except before and below eyes; lateral line extends to the center of the end of the tail fin.

Greyish olive above, silvery below; 7-9 conspicuous dark bars from behind operculum to tail base; inside operculum dark; a dark spot on pectoral base; lower parts of pevlics, anal and tail fins yellowish.

Size: attains 25 cm.

Inhabits coastal waters on mud and sand bottoms; not common in estuaries.

Depth: 1-182 m.

Massachusetts to the Gulf of Mexico.

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  • Brackish
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Estuary
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Omnivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Extends North of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 25
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 182