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

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.

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)
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).
Blunt snout with a terminal mouth. Small mouth with the maxilla of mature specimens ending beneath the nostrils (Randall, 1996). Teeth are comb-like.
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.
Travel in large schools.

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