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Opistognathus whitehursti (Dusky jawfish)

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Wikipedia Abstract

Opistognathus whitehurstii, the Dusky jawfish, is a species of jawfish native to the western Atlantic Ocean including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea where it is an inhabitant of reefs at depths of from 1 to 12 metres (3.3 to 39.4 ft). It can reach a length of 14 centimetres (5.5 in) TL. This species can also be found in the aquarium trade.
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Brood Dispersal [1]  On/In self

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary IV 2387149 Florida, United States

Prey / Diet


Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Western Central; Bahamas; Caribbean Sea; Cuba; North Brazil Shelf; Puerto Rico; Southeast U.S. Continental Shelf; Trinidad and Tobago; USA (contiguous states); Venezuela; Western Atlantic: southern Florida, USA and Bahamas to 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.
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