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Species: Myxodagnus belone, Dartfish, Dartfish Stargazer

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head cónical
eyes not stalked
D continuous, origin over A origin
lower jaw long, cónical, protruding
both lips - skin flaps
LL bends down under middle D spines



Myxodagnus belone Bohlke, 1968

Dartfish, Dartfish Stargazer

Body long and slender, tapering to tail; head a pointed cone; eyes on top of head, not on stalks; tubular nostrils; mouth upturned, with a long, pointed, strongly projecting lower jaw; both lips with a fringe of skin flaps; dorsal fin continuous, origin well behind nape, ~above anal fin origin, VIII-IX. 30 (29-31); anal fin 35 (34-36) soft rays; pectoral fin long; pelvic fins inserted under throat, each with I, 3, rays thickened and free at the tips; lateral line continuous, bends abruptly down below 6-8th dorsal spines; scales large, smooth; head and belly scaleless.

Translucent, almost colorless; top of head yellowish; flecks of brown on edges of scales on upper back; 5-6 diffuse blotches along base of anal fin; a faint spot in center of tail fin base.

Reaches 6.3 cm.

Lives in sheltered sand bottoms.

Depth range: 0-4 m.

Bahamas to Puerto Rico.

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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
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Brooded
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 6.3
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 4