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Opistognathus aurifrons (Yellowhead jawfish)

Synonyms: Gnathypops aurifrons; Opisthognathus aurifrons
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Wikipedia Abstract

Opistognathus aurifrons, the Yellow-headed jawfish, is a species of jawfish native to coral reefs in the Caribbean Sea. It is found at depths of from 3 to 40 metres (9.8 to 131.2 ft). The head and upper body are a light, but brilliant, yellow color slowly fading to a pearlescent blue hue. It can reach a length of 10 centimetres (3.9 in) TL. It is a mouthbrooder, with the male carrying the eggs in its mouth until they hatch.
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Brood Dispersal [1]  On/In self

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Banco Chinchorro Biosphere Reserve VI 358906 Mexico    
Cayos Cochinos Archipelago National Park Natural Marine Monument   Honduras  
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary IV 2387149 Florida, United States
Saba Marine Park National Marine Park II 5573 Netherlands Antilles  

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap


Institutions (Zoos, etc.)


Anguilla; Antigua and Barbuda; Aruba; Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Southwest; Atlantic, Western Central; Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Brazil; Caribbean Sea; Cayman Islands; Cuba; Curaçao Island; Dominica; Dominican Republic; East Brazil Shelf; Grenada; Guadeloupe; Haiti; Jamaica; Martinique; Montserrat; North Brazil Shelf; Puerto Rico; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Lucia; Saint Vincent & the Grenadines; South Brazil Shelf; Southeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Trindade Island; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Is.; US Virgin Islands; USA (contiguous states); Venezuela; Virgin Islands (UK); Western Central Atlantic: southern Florida, USA and Bahamas to Barbados and northern South America.;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1"Male mouthbrooding in jawfishes (Opistognathidae): Constraints on polygyny.", Hess, HC, Bulletin of Marine Science [BULL. MAR. SCI.]. Vol. 52, no. 2, pp. 806-818. 1993
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
3Food Habits of Reef Fishes of the West Indies, John E. Randall, Stud. Trop. Oceanogr. 5, 665–847 (1967)
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