Serranus phoebe

Common Name

Tattler Bass

Year Described

Poey, 1851


Dorsal Fin: X, 12
Anal Fin: III, 7
Pelvic Fin: I, 5
Pectoral Fin: 15-16
Lateral Line Scales: 47-51
Gill Rakers: 17-20
Vertebrae: 10 precaudal, 14 caudal; 24 total

Serranus defined by Robins & Starck (1961) with the following set of characters. Supramaxilla absent. Maxilla not covered by lachrymal. Premaxillary with a dorsal expansion. Teeth present on dentary, premaxilla, vomer, and palatine. Preopercle serrated. Opercle with three spines. Dorsal fin continuous. Caudal fin with 17 principal rays. Branchiostegal rays number 7. Snout, jaw area, and brachiostegal area naked. Scales encroach on bases of median fin membranes. Lateral line arched and continuous.


Body whitish with a faint cross-hatched pattern formed by darker scale borders. Rear half of body with a distinctive T-shaped marking created by a reddish brown midbody band and a midlateral stripe. Lateral stripe with several impartial bands that are darker ventrally. Other bands are fainter and indistinct. Head with a dark triangular band below eye. Lateral line with spots along length. Dorsal fin with a continuation of the midbody band but otherwise pale with indistinct cloudy markings. Other fins pale whitish to yellowish. Eye yellowish to brown.


Robins, C.R. & W.A., Starck II. 1961. Materials for a revision of Serranus and related fish genera. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia v. 113 (no. 11): 259-314.