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Species: Citharichthys amblybregmatus, Blunthead Whiff

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wide, tapering oval
adult head v wide, blunt, especially male
v wide between eyes
lower gill rakers long, slender, 18-24
snout all scaled

Citharichthys amblybregmatus Gutherz & Blackmann, 1970

Blunthead Whiff

Body a deep oval, (depth >40% of SL) tapering to a narrow tail base; eyes on left side; head blunt in adult, more so in males, a slight notch before upper eye in females; between eyes very wide in large males; snout with spines in male, (several on eye rims, biggest on front profile above lower eye, & top jaw groove), snout with short knobs in female; mouth relatively small, reaches under front of lower pupil; teeth ~equally developed on both sides of jaws, in 1 series of fixed teeth on each jaw, front teeth enlarged, no canines; gill rakers long and slender, 8-11 + 18-24; dorsal fin 78-85; anal fin 63-71; pectoral fins on both sides of body, with branched rays, male with top ray of eye-side fin long, reaching onto tail fin; pelvics symmetrically positioned on belly, base of eye-side fin on body midline, short bases; tail fin bluntly rounded; urinary papilla on blind side, immediately behind anus; lateral line well developed on both sides, from edge of opercle to tail base, eye-side line ~straight, no branch under lower eye; scales rough on eye side, smooth on blind side, 40-43 on lateral line, snout fully scaled.

Pale tan; two yellow bars between eyes; iris with broad yellow inner ring; body with irregular yellow blotches and spots; dorsal and anal fins with inner 1/4 yellow.

Reaches 14 cm.

Lives on soft bottoms.

Depth range: 139-215 m.

Western Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 14
Depth Range Min
  • 139
Depth Range Max
  • 215