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Species: Peristedion species T, Antillean Armored Searobin

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head long, narrow
narrow & concave between eyes
face rim v narrow, ends in small spine
pectorals & eye yellow
rostral plates long, narrow
barbells: lip - 1 short filament + 5-7; chin 34-57
pectoral: 1st free ray < fin
bicolored - pink over white

Peristedion species T

Antillean 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 long; rostral plates narrow, long, directed straight to front; barbels: long filamentous barbell short, at most reaching to level of eye; 5-7 lower lip barbells; 41-43 (34-57) chin barbells; 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 shorter than main fin; pelvic fins wide apart, below base of pectorals, I, 5 rays.

Head and body bicolored, upper half pale pink with yellow blotches, lower half silvery white; eye yellow; 1st dorsal translucent, tipped in white; 2nd dorsal translucent, fin rays yellow; tail fin pink, rear of lower lobe red; anal fin translucent, edge white; pectorals pale yellowish.

Reaches 19 cm.

Found on sand/mud bottoms.

Depth range: 220-550 m.

The Bahamas to the SW Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 19
Depth Range Min
  • 220
Depth Range Max
  • 550