Chaetodipterus faber

Chaetodipterus faber
Atlantic Spadefish – Chaetodipterus faber
FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
EphippidaeChaetodipterus faber(Broussonet)1782Atlantic Spadefish

Chaetodipterus faber

Unique Characters: Body deep, included 1.2-1.5 times in standard length, orbicular, strongly compressed. Jaws provided with bands of brush-like teeth, outer row larger and slightly compressed but pointed at tip. Spinous portion of dorsal fin low in adults, distinct from soft-rayed portion; anterior portion of soft dorsal and anal fins prolonged. Color: silvery grey with blackish bars (bars may fade in large individuals) as follows: Eye bar extends from nape through eye to chest; first body bar starts at predorsal area, crosses body behind pectoral fin insertion, and ends on abdomen; second body bar incomplete, extending from anterior dorsal-fin spines vertically toward abdomen but ending just below level of pectoral-fin base; third body bar extends from anterior rays of dorsal fin across body to anterior rays of anal fin; last body bar runs from the middle soft dorsal fin rays to middle soft anal-fin rays; last bar crosses caudal peduncle at caudal-fin base. Young entirely dark brown or blackish with white mottling; caudal fin, pectoral fins, and edges of soft dorsal and anal fins hyaline.

Similar Species: None

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