Anisotremus surinamensis

Common Name

Black Margate

Year Described

Bloch, 1791


Dorsal Fin: XII-XIII, 16-18
Anal Fin: III, 8-10
Gill Rakers: 16-18 (lower limb of first arch)
Lateral Line Scales: 50-53

Body deep with a steeply sloped forehead profile. Mouth small. Soft dorsal and anal fins scaled at base. There are 5-7 scales above the lateral line.


Body silvery gray with black spots in the center of each scale forming oblique spot-bands. A large dark area posterior to the pectoral fin covers much of the trunk area above the pelvic fin base. Fins black. Eye golden.


Maximum size to 60cm TL.


Bottom dwelling on coral reefs and other hard substrates.


Florida to the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. Also continental waters from the western Gulf of Mexico to Brazil.


Lindeman, K.C. 2002. Haemulidae (pp. 1522-1550). In: Carpenter. 2002. The living marine resources of the Western Central Atlantic. Vol. 3: Bony fishes part 2 (Opistognathidae to Molidae). FAO Species Identification Guides for Fisheries Purposes. American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Special Publication No. 5. FAO of the U.N., Rome.