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Equetus punctatus - Spotted drum

Equetus punctatus - Spotted drum Photo courtesy: Geoff Schultz

Spotted Drum fish are distinguished by dorsal and caudal fins dark with white spots and dashes. Head white with two dark brown bars, one through eye, the other more posterior and more diagonal, extending across chest to pelvic fins; body white with a broad dark brown band beginning on front of first dorsal fin, curving across nape, above pectoral fin, and running to mid-base of caudal fin; two narrower dark stripes above and below this band.


Distribution, Stock Structure and Migration
Western Atlantic: Bermuda, Florida (USA), and Bahamas to the Antilles and Yucatan (Mexico) to Brazil.


Habitat
Inhabits bays and sounds; also deep coral reefs. Juveniles sometimes inshore. Easily approached.


Diet
Feeds at night on crabs, shrimps, and polychaetes. Easily approached.


Quick Fact
Has been reared in captivity. Reports of ciguatera poisoning.


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