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Species: Peristedion imberbe, Tropical Slender Armored Searobin

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head narrow, rim v narrow, ends in small spine
snout plates medium, narrow
eye yellow
pectoral: many thin red bars
pectoral: 1st free ray > fin
barbells: lip 5-7 short; chin 17-23

Peristedion imberbe Poey, 1861

Tropical Slender Armored Searobin

Head and body flattened below, body completely covered in a heavy armor of 4 rows of bony spiny scales; body not rectangular, dimensions at anus < dimensions at head; narrow & strongly concave between eyes; head long, narrow; bony rim around sides of head very narrow, finely serrated, ends in a small, sharp spine; no spine at nostril, no spine at base of snout plates; snout very long; rostral plates narrow, moderately long; preopercular spine very short; opercular spine short; barbels: no long filamentous barbell; 5-7 thin lower lip barbells in 2 clusters; 21 (17-23) chin barbels in 6 clusters; gill rakers 4-5+20-23; dorsal fin divided into separate spiny and soft parts, VIII + 18-19, both parts low; anal fin without spines, 19; pectoral fin 12 + 2 free rays, 1st free ray longer than main fin; pelvic fins wide apart, below base of pectorals, I,5 rays.

Head and body reddish; eye yellow; fins pale pink with dark red edges; 1st dorsal tipped in white; pectorals with many fine wavy dark red bars.

Reaches 21 cm.

Found on sand/mud bottoms.

Depth range: 137- 457 m.

E Florida to Surinam.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • In & Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Offshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathydemersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continental primarily
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 21
Depth Range Min
  • 137
Depth Range Max
  • 457