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Species: Emmelichthys ruber, Island Rover, Red Rover

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body depth 19-22% SL
head 25-27% SL
tail base: no fleshy keel
D divided: VII-IX + III-V (small, isolated/buried) + I



Emmelichthys ruber (Trunov, 1976)

Red Rover, Island Rover

Body elongate, spindle shaped, depth 19-22% SL, compressed; head large, pointed, length 25-27% SL; mouth highly protrusible; rear bone of top jaw expanded, scaled, exposed when mouth is closed; top jaws toothless, bottom with a few minute conical teeth at front; rear edge of opercle with 2-3 flat points; lower corner of preopercle rounded, projecting a little to rear as a thin plate; preopercle smooth to weakly serrated; gill rakers long, 8-12 + 24-27; dorsal fin divided, with distinct gap between the two parts, VII-IX spines connected by membrane, then III-V short, isolated or buried spines + I, 10; anal fin III, 9; pectoral fin pointed, 19-20; pelvics I, 5; tail base without a fleshy crest or keel; tail fin strongly forked; head and body covered with finely rough scales; soft dorsal and anal fins with a scaly sheath at the base, which covers most of last 2-3 rays; tail fin heavily scaled on its base; lateral line with 71-74 tubed scales.

Red above, silvery below; jaws and lower head silvery white; iris orange yellow; fins pink; tail fin red.

Reaches 30 cm.

Pelagic between: 100-200 m; juveniles up to surface.

Trans-Atlantic; Bermuda to the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • In & Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Offshore
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
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 South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 30
Depth Range Min
  • 100
Depth Range Max
  • 200