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Species: Pempheris poeyi, Curved Sweeper, Shortfin Sweeper

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body relatively shallow
A base pale
A 22-26

Pempheris poeyi Bean, 1885

Curved Sweeper, Shortfin Sweeper

Body oblong, moderately deep, highly compressed; upper head profile slightly oblique, back profile ~horizontal; a keel on breast before pelvic fins; eye large (1/3 of head length); snout very short; mouth moderate, strongly oblique, opening upwards; teeth small; gill rakers long and numerous; dorsal fin short based, IV (IV-VI) weak spines, 8-10 rays, its origin before anal fin origin; anal fin with long base, III (1st very short), 23-24 (22-26) rays; tail fin forked; pectoral long and pointed, 15-18; most scales rough, smooth on flank; anal fin with a scaly sheath, scales extend well onto tail fin; lateral line complete, arched high along back, extends almost to tips of central tail rays; 48-61 pored scales to tail fin base.

Pale yellow-brown, darker above, silvery below; no dark band along base of anal fin; an indistinct dark inner stripe along mid body.

Reaches 15 cm.

On clearwater reefs.

Depth range: 0-25 m.

Bermuda to the S Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Mid Water
  • Near Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Water column
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
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 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
  • 15
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 25