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Acanthostracion polygonius Poey, 1876 (honeycomb cowfish)
Occurs in clear water around coral reefs. Feeds on sponges, alcyonarians, tunicates, and shrimp. Uncommon and wary . Consumed fresh, generally roasted .
Aulostomus maculatus Valenciennes, 1841 (Caribbean trumpetfish)
Commonly found in weedy areas and especially around reefs, where they usually swim snout-down among sea whips . A solitary ambusher of small fishes and crustaceans that lurk among branching coral or gorgonians. Often swi...
Stegastes diencaeus (Jordan and Rutter, 1897) (Honey damselfish)
Inhabits coral and rocky reefs of sheltered lagoons and inshore areas. Territorial and pugnacious . Taken incidentally in traps and small-meshed beach nets .
Sparisoma viride (Bonnaterre, 1788) (Dark green parrotfish)
Inhabits coral reefs with clear water . Young may be found in seagrass beds and other heavily vegetated bottoms. Feeds mainly on soft algae, but has been observed to graze on live corals like, Montastraea annularis . Pr...
Pterois volitans (Linnaeus, 1758) (Red lionfish)
Panulirus argus (Latreille, 1804) (Caribbean spiny lobster)
Equetus punctatus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801) (Spooted drum)
Occurs primarily on coral reefs. Secretive and usually solitary, under ledges or near small caves . Often seen during the day around the bases of corals . Feeds at night on crabs, shrimps, and polychaetes. Easily approached . Has been reared in captivity .
Heteroconger longissimus Günther, 1870 (brown garden eel)
Found on sandy bottom, living in colonies . Feed on plankton and detritus . They retreat into burrow when frightened . Probably spawn during warm season . Larval life spans 6-8 months .
Gymnothorax moringa (Cuvier, 1829) (Common conger)
A benthic and solitary species abundant in shallow rocky and grassy areas and on coral reefs; less common in turbid bays or harbors. Its bite is very dangerous . Active during the day, sometimes together with other pred...
Pseudupeneus maculatus (Bloch, 1793) (Copper pilot)
Inhabits shallow waters to depths of 90 m , especially over sand and rock bottoms in reef areas. Young juveniles often found on beds of seagrass, e.g. Thalassia. Feeds on small invertebrates . Flesh highly esteemed; marketed fresh and frozen . Traded as an aquarium fish at Ceará, Brazil .
Diodon holocanthus Linnaeus, 1758 (Long-spine porcupinefish)
Cephalopholis cruentata (Lacepède, 1802) (Coney)
Inhabit Thalassia beds and coral reefs. In the Gulf of Mexico, they are found on rocky reef ledge in depths greater than 27 m. Solitary and secretive, they usually stay near hiding places during the day. Prefer to rema...
Urobatis jamaicensis (Cuvier, 1816) (Maid)
Commonly found along sandy beaches to the water's edge, and especially in sandy areas in and around coral reefs . Raises front end of disc to attract prey seeking shelter . Feeds on shrimps, probably also on small fi...
Hippocampus ingens Girard, 1858 (Pacific sea horse)