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Fish of the Week - Atlantic Spadefish
Silvery with 4 to 6 black vertical bands on each side which sometimes become obscure in larger fish.
Deep, flattened body.
Separated first and second dorsal fins.
Concave caudal fin.
Anterior rays of second dorsal fin and anal fin elongated.
Young are entirely dark brown or blackish.
Similar Fish: No close resemblance, but frequently and mistakenly called angelfish.
Size: To 20 pounds (36 inches). Common to 2 pounds.
Habitat: Inshore and nearshore, around natural and artificial reefs, and especially near navigation markers in 15 to 20 feet of water.
Notes: Spawns in spring and summer; travels in large schools; known to drift on their sides and mimic floating debris; feeds on crustaceans, small encrusting invertebrates, and may nibble on tentacles of jellyfish.
Art by Diane Rome Peebles
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