Corniger spinosus

Common Name

Spinycheek Soldierfish

Year Described

Agassiz, 1831


Dorsal Fin: XII, 13-14
Anal Fin: IV, 9-12
Pectoral Fin: 16-17
Lateral Line Scales: 28-30
Vertebrae: 27 (total)
Gill Rakers: 18-20

Body stout and robust with a large head and eye. Head with strong spines around eye that point backwards. Snout pointed with spines. Strong interorbital groove present. Strong spines and ridges on preopercle and opercle. Rear dorsal, anal, and caudal fins rounded. Last dorsal spine longer than second to last spine. Tail relatively small compared to body. Scales obvious and rough.


Body uniformly bright red, often with paler scale centers. Membranes of spiny dorsal fin red. Second dorsal and anal fin membranes clear.


Maximum size to 20cm SL


Inhabits deep reefs and rocky areas from 45-275m


South Carolina to Brazil, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.


McEachran, J.D. and J.D. Fechhelm. 1998. Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico. Volume 1: Myxiniformes to Gasterosteiformes. University of Texas Press, Austin. i-viii + 1-1112.