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Species: Scombrops oculatus, Atlantic Scombrops

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D: VIII (weak) + I, 14
jaws: long, slender canines
preopercle smooth
opercle 2 flat points
A III, 12
LL 45-50

Scombrops oculatus (Poey, 1860)

Atlantic Scombrops

Body oblong, somewhat compressed; eye large; mouth large, ends ~under mid-eye, top jaw not protrusible; a large extra bone above rear of top jaw, rear bone of top jaw expanded at rear & largely exposed when mouth is closed; teeth large, somewhat compressed canines, well separated; sides of roof of mouth with 1-2 rows of canines, center with a patch of smaller teeth; preopercle edge smooth; rear of opercle with 2 flat points; gill membranes separate, free from underside of head; dorsal fins high, VIII weak spines + I, 14, a distinct gap between the 2 sections; anal fin III weak spines, 12 rays; tail fin forked; pectorals short, about half head length; scales smooth, easily shed; scales on to jaw and cheeks; basal half of soft dorsal and anal fins scaled; lateral line continuous, 45-50 tubed scales, +3-5 on tail fin.

Dark violet brown.

Reaches 106 cm, and 10 kg.

Occurs on rocky bottoms.

Depth range: 20-610 m, usually below 200 m.

Bermuda to the southernl Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • In & Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Offshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Rocks
  • Water column
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathydemersal
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Insular primarily
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 106
Depth Range Min
  • 20
Depth Range Max
  • 610