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Species: Sladenia shaefersi, Atlantic Twospine Goosefish, Shaefer's Anglerfish

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head & tail not depressed
head spines: few, inconspicuous
ridge eye-snout smooth
D II (very close) + I
grey + pale rosettes & lines

Sladenia shaefersi Caruso & Bullis, 1976

Atlantic Twospine Goosefish, Shaefer's Anglerfish

Head rounded (not depressed); nape distinctly humped; tail compressed (not depressed); ridge from top of eye to snout smooth; head spines few, low and rounded, barely discernable through skin; teeth relatively small, slender, comb-like; teeth in center of roof of mouth larger than those on sides; dorsal fin: section on head without 3rd spine, 1st 2 spines very close, 1st spine (fishing pole) with thin whiplike tip, 2nd spine slender, ½ length of first, section behind head with I vestigial embedded spine (ie. dorsal spines III, V & VI absent); 2nd dorsal fin 8-9; anal fin 6; pectoral 19; pelvic fin I, 5; skin with numerous small pointed cirri in irregular rows and patches on head, lower jaw and pectoral and tail fins.

Head body and fins mid-gray; upper ¾ of head and body with numerous pale irregular rosettes and small patches of reticulating pale lines.

Reaches 101 cm.

Lives on rocky substrata

Depth range 689-1200 m

South Carolina to northern S America and the lesser Antilles.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
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 endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC 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
  • 101
Depth Range Min
  • 689
Depth Range Max
  • 1200