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Species: Symphysanodon berryi, Slope Bass

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body depth 22-28% SL
D IX, 10
male: filaments - pelvics & C tips
gill rakers 33-40
A 7
LL 48-52

Symphysanodon berryi Anderson, 1970

Slope Bass

Body slender (depth 22-28% SL), somewhat compressed; eye large; snout shorter than eye; mouth oblique, opens at front; top edge of rear bone of top jaw covered by thin bone under eye; top jaw teeth small; front teeth of lower jaw enlarged, exposed, fitting into central toothless notch of top jaws; operculum with 2 spines; gill rakers 9-12+ 24-28 (total 33-40); dorsal fin continuous, usually IX, 10, no notch between spines and rays; tail fin deeply forked, each lobe with a long filament in male; anal fin III, 7; pelvics inserted under pectoral base, I,5, long (20-<87% SL), with filaments in male; scales rough; most of head & jaws scaled; dorsal and anal fins without scales, but with a basal scaly sheath; lateral line scales 48-52.

Body and fins orange.

Reaches 25 cm.

Bottom living on deep reefs.

Depth range: 100-500 m.

The central and eastern Atlantic; possibly the western Indian Ocean; North Carolina to the S Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Water column
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • Transatlantic (East+West Atlantic)
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends North 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
  • 25
Depth Range Min
  • 100
Depth Range Max
  • 500