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Species: Prionotus teaguei, Long-ray searobin

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snout long, flat
D: 1st spine serrated, 2 dark stripes
C: 3 dark bars
preopercular crest: rear serrated
pectoral: dark, fin & top free ray (barred) very long

Prionotus teaguei Briggs, 1956

Long-ray Searobin

Head moderate, snout long and a little flattened; snout plates very short, bluntly serrated at front; no transverse groove across top of head behind eyes; eyes prominent but not elevated; between eyes relatively narrow (~ 2 eye diameter), concave; rear of preopercular crest serrated, without supplementary spine; teeth on jaws and roof of mouth simple; two separate dorsal fins, X + 12, 1st spine with front edge serrated, base of 1st ray serrated; pectoral fin 13, fin very long, reaches past anal base, upper free ray long (almost as long as fin, ½ SL); tail fin edge straight; body scales rough; nape and rear flap of operculum with scales; lateral-line scales 50-55.

Upper head and body grey brown, lower body white; 1st dorsal with irregular dusky stripes along middle and outer margin; second dorsal with dark outer and rear margins; tail fin with 3 dark bars; anal clear, rear margin dusky; pectoral fin uniformly dark grey, with 2 darker bars near base of fin, free rays dark or barred, in juvenile center of fin orange, with elongate oval black spots along fin rays.

Size: 15 cm.

Habitat: sand-mud bottoms.

Depth: 20-60 m?

Costa Rica and Panama.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • No Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Zooplankton
  • Pelagic crustacea
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Panamic province endemic
  • Continent
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • Continent only
  • TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Vulnerable
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 15
Depth Range Min
  • 20
Depth Range Max
  • 60