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Species: Cyttopsis rosea, Red Dory

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body a deep oval, v compressed
D & A: low bony ridges along base
D VII-VIII, spines stiff
chest wide, flat
belly - row of spiny bucklers
pelvic 0,9-10



Cyttopsis rosea (Lowe, 1843)

Red Dory

Body oval, depth > head length; head and body greatly compressed, chest wide & flat; head bones thin and soft; mouth large, oblique, upper jaw extremely protrusible, top jaw bone widely expanded at rear; jaws with a few minute conical teeth; dorsal fin VI-VII stiff spines, 24-30, with a deep notch, 1st spine immovable; anal fin I-II, 24-30, the spine sometimes minute and fused to the main skeleton; pectoral fin 13-14, much shorter than head or pelvic fins; pelvics 0, 9-10, origin before pectoral origin; tail fin rounded; scales minute, smooth to spiny; soft dorsal and anal fins with a bony ridge along each side of base; lower midline from pelvics to anus with large spiny bucklers.

Silvery red; pelvics red, the membranes blackish.

Reaches 22 cm.

On and above deep reefs and soft bottoms

Depth range: 100-1515 m.

Both sides of the Atlantic and the Indo-W Pacific; Canada to Venezuela.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Mid Water
  • Near Bottom
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Water column
  • Corals
  • Mud
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Bentho-Pelagic
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Pelagic crustacea
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Circumtropical ( Indian + Pacific + Atlantic Oceans)
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continental primarily
  • 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)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 22
Depth Range Min
  • 100
Depth Range Max
  • 1515