Atlantic Spadefish

Atlantic Spadefish

Genus and Species:

Chaetodipterus faber

Family:

Ephippidae

Atlantic Spadefish Description:

The Atlantic spadefish is a unique fish that has a large silver angelfish-shape and prominent black vertical bars. It is not an angelfish, despite the similarity. The Atlantic spadefish is known to grow up to 20-pounds, but more commonly seen averaging 10-pounds. Juvenile fish live inshore around structures and grass beds, while adults congregate in large schools over offshore structures and reefs. They are often seen sticking their backs out of the water over shallow wrecks. Small ones are caught on small bits of shrimp or clam, while adults are much harder to catch as they mainly eat jellyfish. They are fair in their edibility, but not commonly caught because of their unique diet.