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Species: Kathetostoma albigutta, Lancer Stargazer

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upper body: dark-edged white spots
D 2-3 oblique black bars
C: 2-5 elongate black spots

Kathetostoma albigutta Bean, 1892

Lancer Stargazer

Body short, thick, tapering to rear; head large, square, top horizontal, some of bones with spines; eye large, on top of head; mouth large, vertical, lips with fringe of papillae; chin without converging bony ridges; front nostril a short tube, with a branched tentacle at its rear edge; rear nostril a pore before eye; preopercle with 3 spines on its lower corner; a large venomous spine at upper edge of operculum; dorsal fin at rear, without spines; 12-15 rays; anal 0, 12-17; tail rounded; pectoral broad, rounded, 13-16 rays; pelvics narrow; no scales.

Black, greenish-brown to grey above, paler below; eye-sized white spots with dark edges on body; dorsal fin whitish, with 2-3 oblique black bars; tail fin whitish, with 2-5 elongate black blotches.

Size: 28 cm.

Habitat: benthic on soft bottoms.

Depth range: 40-430 m.

North Carolina to the Gulf of Mexico, northern Cuba

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Extends North of GC
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 28
Depth Range Min
  • 40
Depth Range Max
  • 430