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Species: Albula goreensis, Senegal Bonefish, Senegalese Bonefish

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mouth not reaching under eye
D & A: no filament
rays under throat 11-12
pectoral 16-19
scales below LL 5-6
LL 72-78

Albula goreensis Valenciennes, 1847

Senegalese Bonefish, Senegal Bonefish

Body elongate, fusiform; overhanging snout moderately conical, projects a little beyond mouth; mouth small, not reaching under eye; very small teeth in bands at front of jaws, patches of small molariform teeth on the roof and floor of the mouth; gill rakers 6-9+11-12 (18-20); branchiostegal rays of membrane under throat 11-12; fins without spines; one short-based dorsal fin, at midbody, 18-19 rays; anal short (8-10 rays), well behind dorsal; dorsal and anal fins without a filamentous ray; pectoral fins low on the body, 16-19; pelvic fins on the abdomen, under the dorsal fin, well behind pectorals, 10; tail fin deeply forked; lateral line scales 72-78; scales above lateral line 9-10, below lateral line 5-6, around tail base 15-16, before dorsal fin 17-21; lateral line straight, full length of body.

Silvery; fins whitish

Reaches 42 cm.

Lives on soft bottoms, mainly away from the shallows in deeper water and on windward beaches.

Depth range: 1-50 m.

Distribution: East and west Atlantic; Florida to the southern Caribbean and Brazil.

Note: very similar in form to A vulpes and A cf. vulpes, but all three are genetically distinct.

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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
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • Transatlantic (East+West Atlantic)
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
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 42
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 50