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Species: Ariomma bondi, Silver-rag, Silver Rag Driftfish, Silver-rag Driftfish

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body elongate
eye > snout
tan/blue over silver; gut cavity pale
LL 30-45; scales between eyes to front of pupil
rows scales D to LL: at most 2

Ariomma bondi Fowler, 1930

Silver-rag, Silver-rag Driftfish, Silver Rag Driftfish

Body slender (depth 24-27% SL), rounded; head long; snout short and blunt; eye large (> snout), covered with a fatty-tissue lid that extends to nostrils; mouth small, ends before eye, upper jaw almost completely covered by suborbital bone under eye; teeth tiny, conical, in a single row on jaws, lower teeth often with secondary points; no teeth on roof of mouth or on bases of gill arches; gill rakers slender, 8-10 + 15-18; operculum thin, with smooth edge; 2 dorsal fins that are almost not separated; first dorsal with XI long, slender spines that fold into a groove, second dorsal low, 14-15 rays; anal fin similar to second dorsal, 14-15 rays; pelvics inserted under or behind pectoral base, fold into a broad groove along belly midline; tail base short and slender, square in cross-section, with 2 low fleshy keels on base of tail fin; tail fin stiff and strongly forked; lateral line high along back, an extension forwards over eye; scales smooth, very thin and easily shed, 30-45 on lateral line, at most 2 rows between dorsal fin and lateral line; scales on head don’t extend forwards past level of pupil.

Dark blue on back, silvery below, no spots; young with 3-6 dark bars on side; lining of gut cavity silvery to pale, with scattered tiny dark dots.

Reaches 30 cm.

Demersal to benthopelagic over muddy bottoms on outer continental shelf.

Depth range: 25-640 m, juveniles near surface.

E and W Atlantic; Nova Scotia to Uruguay.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Soft bottom only
  • Water column
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • Transatlantic (East+West Atlantic)
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • 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)
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 30
Depth Range Min
  • 25
Depth Range Max
  • 640