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Species: Centrodraco acanthopoma, North Atlantic Slope Dragonet

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large eyes
D III + 13-15
pink + 3 white bars
fins white
opercle & subopercle: 1 large spine
preopercle no spine
LL 2 parts
A 0, 13

Centrodraco acanthopoma (Regan, 1904)

North Atlantic Slope Dragonet

Body elongate, rounded; head large; snout pointed; eyes very large (11.4-15.2% SL); top jaw projecting, protractile, reaches under front edge of eye; teeth in jaws small, slender, fine, in narrow bands; preopercle without a spine; opercle and subopercle each with a strong, simple, back-pointing spine; gill opening wide, extends along base of pectoral; two dorsal fins, III (stout, strong, sharp, spine II longest in male) + 14 (13-15) (the last ray divided at its base); anal fin with long base, 0, 13 (the last ray divided at its base), rays without filaments, pectoral fin large, pointed, 25-26; pelvic fin I, 5, long, pointed, extends past anal fin origin; caudal fin truncate; lateral line present, grooved, in two separate parts that overlap under 2nd dorsal fin; scales absent.

Pinkish, with 3 broad irregular whitish bars: behind pectoral base, at mid-body and at end of tail base; top of eyeball white; fins mainly white: 1st dorsal white, with a dark blotch at its base; 2nd dorsal whitish, with an outer series of dark spots in male; anal fin white; tail fin white, occasionally with a dark blotch at its base; pelvics with white rays; pectorals with a white base and lower rays white.

Reaches 14 cm.

On muddy bottoms

Depth range 150-594 m.

North Atlantic; Massachusetts to the southern Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
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 non-endemic
  • Transatlantic (East+West Atlantic)
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends North of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 14
Depth Range Min
  • 150
Depth Range Max
  • 594