Parascombrops spinosus

Common Name

Keelcheek Bass

Year Described

Schultz, 1940


Dorsal Fin: IX-I, 8-9 (usually 9)
Anal Fin: II, 7-8 (usually 7)
Pectoral Fin: 14-16
Pelvic Fin: I, 5
Lateral Line Scales: 29-31
Gill Rakers: 17-20 total in first arch (13-15 in lower limb)

Body quite elongate with body depth 3.3-3.8 times in SL. Upper and lower jaws with canine teeth; those in lower jaw with 4-8 large canines in the inner row and small teeth in the outer row. Palatine teeth villiform. Preopercle edge with serrations. Lower rear margin of preopercle with 2-3 small ridges. Dorsal fins well separated. Anterior margin of pelvic fin, anterior edge of second dorsal, and anterior anal fin spines with serrations.


Silvery on body with dark scale margins dorsally. A dark tip on the first dorsal fin.


Ranges from 40-122mm SL.


Continental shelf from 87-544m.


North Carolina to Suriname, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. Also the southwestern Atlantic from Brazil to Uruguay (Figueiredo et al., 2002).


Figueiredo, J.L. de, A.P. dos Santos, N. Yamaguti, R.A. Bernardes and C.L. Del Bianco Rossi-Wongtschowski. 2002. Peixes da zona econômica exclusiva da Região Sudeste-Sul do Brasil: Levantamento com Rede de Meia-Água. São-Paulo: Editora da Universidade de São Paulo; Imprensa Oficial do Estado, 242 p.

Heemstra, P.C. 2002. Parazenidae (Pp. 1203-1204), Zeniontidae (Pp. 1205-1206), Zeidae (Pp. 1207-1209), Oreosomatidae (Pp. 1212-1213), Grammicolepidae (Pp. 1214-1216), Moronidae (Pp. 1294-1296), Acropomatidae (Pp. 1299-1303). In: Carpenter, 2002. The living marine resources of the Western Central Atlantic Vol. 2: Bony fishes part 1 (Acipenseridae to Grammatidae). FAO Species Identification Guides for Fisheries Purposes. American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Special Publication No. 5.

Mejía, L.S., A. Acero P., A. Roa and L. Saavedra. 2001. Review of the fishes of the genus Synagrops from the tropical Western Atlantic (Perciformes: Acropomatidae). Caribb. J. Sci. 37(3-4):202-209.

Schwarzhans, W.W. & A.M. Prokofiev. 2017. Reappraisal of Synagrops Günther, 1887 with rehabilitation and revision of Parascombrops Alcock, 1889 including description of seven new species and two new genera (Perciformes: Acropomatidae). Zootaxa 4260: 1-74.