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Species: Symphysanodon octoactinus, Insular Bunquelovely

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body depth 32-36% SL
A 8 (7-8)
gill rakers 38-42
LL 45-48

Symphysanodon octoactinus Anderson, 1970

Insular Bunquelovely

Body an elongate oval (depth 32-36% 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 38-42; dorsal fin continuous, usually IX, 10, no notch between spines and rays; tail fin deeply forked, each lobe pointed; anal fin III, 8 (occasionally 7); pelvics inserted under pectoral base, I,5; scales rough; most of head & jaws scaled; dorsal and anal fins without scales, but with a basal scaly sheath; lateral line scales 45-48.

Head and body pale orange red; iris yellow; a faint purplish stripe from top corner of operculum back along mid-side; dorsal, anal and pelvic fins translucent whitish yellow, with narrowly pinkish-white outer edges; tail fin translucent yellow. Juvenile: head, body and fins pale yellow; edges to dorsal, anal and pelvic fins broadly white.

Reaches 16.5 cm.

Bottom living on deep reefs.

Depth range: 130-640m.

The Bahamas to the southern Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Mid Water
  • 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 endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • 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
  • 16.5
Depth Range Min
  • 130
Depth Range Max
  • 640