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Species: Verilus sordidus, Ocean Bass

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body depth 33-37% SL
eye huge, > snout
D1&2 almost separate
fin spines smooth
large size
preoperculum smooth
A III, 7
scales rough at front, smooth behind

Verilus sordidus Poey, 1860

Ocean Bass

Body oblong, compressed, elongate, depth 32.6-36.8% SL; eye huge, 11.3-14.5% SL, longer than snout; broad and flat between eyes; mouth large, rear bone of top jaw expanded at rear & largely exposed when mouth is closed, oblique, ends under pupil; top jaws with pair of large front canines followed by band of fine, elongate teeth; lower jaws with a pair of large front canines, mid-side with 12-14 small canines, patches of fine elongate teeth behind and before those small canines; fine elongate teeth on center and sides of palate, rear of center with conical teeth; lower gill rakers 14-17; preopercle with smooth, weak, flexible edge; rear of opercle 2 weak spines, membranous edge; gill membranes separate, free from underside of head; dorsal fin IX + I, 9-10, 2 sections almost separate, last 2 spines very small; anal fin III, 7 rays; tail fin forked; pectorals longer than pelvics, 15; lateral line continuous, 42-45 tubed scales; scales smooth on body behind level of 1st dorsal fin, weakly rough over entire head and front body; fin bases scaled on soft parts.

Head body and fins uniform dull black; lower parts suffused with purple

Reaches 46 cm

Rocky bottoms

Depth range 100-600 m

Bahamas to Brazil

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • In & Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Offshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Data
  • No pelagic phase
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-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
  • 46
Depth Range Min
  • 100
Depth Range Max
  • 600