Protammodytes sarisa

Common Name

Caribbean Sand Lance

Year Described

Robins & Böhlke, 1970


Dorsal Fin: 44-45
Anal Fin: 17
Pectoral Fin: 15
Pelvic Fin: I, 5
Gill Rakers: 31
Branchiostegal Rays: 7
Vertebrae: 32-33 precaudal, 25 caudal; 57-58 total


Unknown in life: most likely silvery


Adults from 99-115mm SL.


Only known specimens collected at 187m over soft bottom.


Caribbean Sea: Only known from off St. Vincent in the Lesser Antilles.


Robins, C.R. and J.E. Böhlke 1970. The first Atlantic Species of the Ammodytid fish Genus Embolichthys. Notulae Naturae, Acad. Nat. Sci. Philad., 450: 1-11.

Robins, C.R. 2002. Ammodytidae (pp 1745). In: Carpenter. 2002. The living marine resources of the Western Central Atlantic. Vol. 3: Bony fishes part 2 (Opistognathidae to Molidae), sea turtles and sea mammals. FAO Species Identification Guides for Fisheries Purposes. American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Special Publication No. 5. FAO, Rome.