Atlantic Spadefish: Chaetodipterus faber
- A silvery fish 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 are
Inshore and nearshore speices, these fish are found around
natural and artificial reefs; especially near navigation markers in
15 to 20 feet of water.
Atlantic spadefish spawn in the spring and summer
and travels in large schools. Small juveniles are
almost totally black and are known to drift on their sides and
mimic floating debris. These fish feed on crustaceans, small
encrusting invertebrates, and may nibble on tentacles of
This species is not currently eligible for a state record.
Fishing Tips and Facts:
Though there are no close resemblances, these fish are frequently and mistakenly called angelfish.
Image Credit: Diane Rome Peebles