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Species: Citharichthys gymnorhinus, Anglefin Whiff

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eyes large
snout: spines
male: long central D & A rays - > diamond shape
male D & A: black blotch behind longest rays
top jaw 39-44% head
eye-side pelvic 5
pectoral axil not dark
LL straight, 33-37
snout naked

Citharichthys gymnorhinus Gutherz & Blackman, 1970

Anglefin Whiff

Body an elongate oval (>45% of SL); male with 2 spines projecting forwards on snout, and 1 on chin, several small spines in front of eyes; female with smaller spines; eyes on left side; eyes relatively large (>30% of head length); wide between eyes; mouth medium length (upper jaw 39-44% of head length), ends under lower eye; teeth ~equally developed on both sides of jaws, in 1 series of fixed teeth on each jaw, front teeth enlarged, no canines; gill rakers long and slender, 3-5+9-11; dorsal fin 70-76 rays; anal fin 56-61 rays; central rays of dorsal and anal sharply longer in male, making both fins angular, front dorsal rays also elongate in male; pectoral fins on both sides of body, with branched rays, 2nd ray elongate in male; pelvics symmetrically positioned on belly, base of eye-side fin on body midline, short bases, 5 rays; urinary papilla on blind side, immediately behind anus; lateral line well developed on both sides, eye-side line ~straight, from edge of opercle to tail base, no branch under lower eye; scales rough on eye side, smooth on blind side, 33-37 on lateral line; snout scaleless.

Generally tan, body with scattered dark blotches; a large black spot on dorsal and anal fins immediately behind longest rays; 2 dark spots on tail fin, near its base, one above the other; pectoral fin barred.

Reaches 7.5 cm.

Lives on soft bottoms.

Depth range: 20-200 m.

N Carolina to Guyana.

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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
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continental primarily
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • Extends South of GC
  • 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
  • 7.5
Depth Range Min
  • 20
Depth Range Max
  • 200