Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Ephippidae
Genus: Chaetodipterus
Species: Chaetodipterus faber (Broussonet, 1782) - Atlantic spadefish

Intro:
The juveniles of the species are almost entirely black, developing distinct irregular bars as they grow.

Tips for Identifying: First the BAM then the FAD.

Body:
Very deep and compressed. Disk-shaped.

Weighs up to 9 kg (~19.8 lb) (Robins, 1986)
Length up to 91 cm (3 ft) (Robins, 1986), normally 50.4 cm (Hayse, 1989)
Appearance:
Dark, vertical bars along body that are irregular. Markings fade with age (notice the specimen in the hands of the woman with the white bikini-top).
Mouth:
Blunt snout with a terminal mouth. Small mouth with the maxilla of mature specimens ending beneath the nostrils (Randall, 1996). Teeth are comb-like.
Fins:
Spinous dorsal fin (first) separate from the soft dorsal fin. Elongate outer ray of pelvic fin (Bowling, 2016).
Area (Habitat):
Oceanodromous (migrates but stays in saltwater). Abundant in shallow coastal waters around coral reefs, piers, bays, wrecks, pilings, mangroves, and harbors.
Demeanor: 
Travel in large schools.

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