Latin Name: Chaetodipterus
General Size: 16"
The angel-like Atlantic spadefish is actually in the
Ephippidae family which includes the batfishes and scats.
These gregarious fish can often be observed in large
schools of up to 500 individuals from Massachusetts
to Southern Brazil. As juveniles, spadefish inhabit
shallow estuaries and mangroves swimming in such a way
that its highly compressed body is parallel with the
water’s surface in order to resemble a dead leaf or
piece of debris. These fish have numerous thin, conical-shaped
teeth and feed on benthic invertebrates. Most likely
due to their diet their skeletons are heavily laden
with oil giving the prepared skeleton an amber appearance.
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