Hollardia meadi

Common Name

Spotted Spikefish

Year Described

Tyler, 1966


Dorsal Fin: VI, 15-16
Anal Fin: 14-15
Pectoral Fin: 12-13
Pelvic Fin: I, 1-2
Gill Rakers: 13-17 (first arch)

Jaw teeth in a single row (5-6 upper, 6-8 lower). Dorsal fin origin over or posterior to gill slit. Scales with ~4 denticles.


Body yellowish to pink in color with numerous small dark spots and dashes along the dorsum. Peritoneum whitish without spots.


Maximum size to 7cm SL.


Occurs near the bottom from 54-448m.


Scattered records from the Gulf of Mexico, Cuba, Bahamas, Barbados, and off N. South America.


Matsuura, K. 2002. Triacanthidae (pp 1960-1962). 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.

McEachran, J.D. and J.D. Fechhelm. 2005. Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico. Volume 2: Scorpaeniformes to Tetraodontiformes. University of Texas Press, Austin. i-viii +1-1004.

Tyler, J. C. 1966. A new species of triacanthodid Plectognath fish from the Caribbean, Hollardia meadi. Notulae Naturae (Philadelphia) No. 382: 1-8.