Black Margate
Anisotremus surinamensis
    Ecological Descriptors
Habitat Size (cm) Diet Behaviour Sex 
Co, R 75 Cru, Mol, Pisc, Ech Sh F
A sloping head with a relatively large mouth, a
high back profile, a tapering body and a notched tail. Body silvery gray with a large black patch behind pectoral fin. Scales on back have a dark center. Fins dusky to black, ventral and anal fins darkest. Young with two black stripes and a black spot near the tail.

Inhabit larger patch reefs and rocky habitats in shallow and mid-shelf areas, down to 20 m. Often near the shelter of caves, ledges and wrecks. Drifts alone or in small groups. Feeds at night on crustaceans, molluscs, smaller fish and the long-spined urchin (Diadema antillarum).

Life Cycle:
This species may form spawning aggregations. Matuture at ~20cm.
Black Margate
Black Margate
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