Cerdale floridana Longley, 1934

 

 

IDENTIFICATION -

Relatively short, stubby, and eel like; dorsal and anal fins connected to caudal by a low membrane; a single dorsal with 12-14 spines and 31-33(30-34) rays;

Head pores:

Scales:

Fins: dorsal and anal fins connected to caudal by a low membrane; a single dorsal with 12-14 spines and 31-33(30-34) rays; pectoral 13-14(13-15); anal 30-31(28-33); pelvic I,3;

Head: mouth oblique, lower jaw projects beyond upper jaw, snout and lower jaw rounded; lower lip entire, not notched below anterior nostril; gill opening a tube at anterior lower margin of pectoral fin; front nostril a short, widely flared tube; rear nostril pore like with a raised rim; tongue truncate; teeth in jaws in 2 rows, outer slightly enlarged.

Papillae:

Color: pale tan to yellowish green, with small spots

Reaches: 8.0 cm TL

Depth: to 30.5 m

Habitat: small crevices in corals, rocks, wood, etc. in coral reefs and coastal areas

Distribution: southern Florida, Bermuda to Columbia, including eastern Gulf of Mexico (Dry Tortugas), Bahamas, Greater and Lesser Antilles

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