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Species: Platygillellus rubrocinctus, Saddle Stargazer

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4 long bars
D1 finlet III, low
A 23-27

Platygillellus rubrocinctus (Longley, 1934)

Saddle Stargazer

Body elongate, compressed, tapering to tail; head robust, profile angular to rounded; eyes on top of head, not on stalks; tubular nostrils; mouth upturned, with a protruding lower jaw; top and bottom lips with skin flaps, 6-15 on top lips, 11-19 (7-21) on lower lips; upper part of operculum with a frill of skin flaps; dorsal fin originates on nape, in two sections, III spined front finlet about same height as rest of fin, main part of fin with a notch between spines and rays, XV-XVII, 16 (14-17); anal fin II, 25 (23-27); pelvic fins inserted under throat, each with I, 3, rays thickened and free at the tips; lateral line continuous, bends down abruptly under last dorsal spine, 21-25 scales on arched part, 15-19 on straight part; scales large, smooth, head scaleless, belly and pectoral base with scales.

Whitish, with 4 dark bars, those on body ranging from very wide to narrower Vs, 1st on nape, from dorsal finlet through operculum, 3 on body extend nearly to lower profile, last one just before tail fin, may have spots between bars.

Reaches 4.8 cm.

Lives in sand in sand-rubble areas around reefs.

Depth range: 0-31 m.

Florida to the S Caribbean. Its Brazilian sister species is P. brasiliensis.

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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
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Brooded
  • Data
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC 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
  • 4.8
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 31