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Florida Manatee & Aquatic Center Animal Fact Sheet
TOBACCO BASSLET
Serranus tabacarius

Range:
Typically can be found in the Caribbean Sea.

The Tobacco Basslet is alternately referred to as the Tobacco Fish, or Tobacco Bass, and is common in the tropical Western Atlantic. The body is a light gray on the bottom and a black and silver mottled pattern dorsally, split from each other by an orange band.

Tobacco Basslets are members of the family that has groupers and sea bass as relatives. Like typical basslets, Tobacco Basslets are usually found feeding on crustaceans several inches above a sandy bottom very close to the Tropical Western Atlantic and Caribbean coral reefs.

 




Habitat: Coral Reefs
Diet: Carnivore: Eat tiny shrimp, amphipods and copepods.
Status: Not Evaluated
Approximate Dimensions of Adult:

Length: 7 in

Lifespan: NA
Reproduction & Offspring:

They contain both ovaries and testes as adults. However, they typically do not self-fertilize. During spawning they switch between male and female roles, laying eggs and releasing sperm but not at the same time.


 

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