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Species: Platygillellus smithi, Sailfinned stargazer

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bars: head & body 3, C base 1
3 bars radiate from eye
D1 finlet IV, high
A 22

Platygillellus smithi Dawson, 1982

Sailfinned 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 both with fringe of skin flaps, 13 on top lip, 9 on lower lips; upper part of operculum with a frill of skin flaps; dorsal fin in two sections, IV spined front finlet, finlet high (height = distance to snout before that fin) originates on nape, main part of fin with a notch between spines and rays, XV, 14; anal fin II, 22; pelvic fins inserted under throat, each with I, 3, rays thickened and free at the tips; scales large, smooth; front arch of lateral line long, bends abruptly down under last dorsal fin spine, 25-26 scales on arched part, 11-12 on straight part; no scales on head; belly with a band of 8-9 scales along midline; none on pectoral base.

Whitish, with 4 dark bars, 1st on nape through dorsal finlet and operculum, 2 on body extend nearly to lower profile, a narrow bar on tail fin base; 3 short bars radiating from eye; dorsal finlet brown, with pale tip.

Reaches 4.8 cm.

Lives in sand in sand-rubble areas around reefs.

Depth range: 0-37 m, usually < 10 m.

The Turks and Caicos to the S Caribbean.


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Salinity
  • Marine Only
  • Marine
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
Diet
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Island (s)
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 4.8
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 37