Synodus synodus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Diamond lizardfish
photo by Wirtz, P.

Family:  Synodontidae (Lizardfishes), subfamily: Synodontinae
Max. size:  43 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 0 - 144 m
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Madeira, Canary Islands, and St. Helena Island (Ref. 4472); range extending to São Tomé Island (Ref. 34088). Western Atlantic: Florida, USA and southwestern Gulf of Mexico to Uruguay (Ref. 7251), including the Caribbean (Ref. 4472). Northwest Atlantic: Canada (Ref. 5951).
Diagnosis:  Anal soft rays: 8-10. 4 prominent reddish bands across back (Ref. 26938).
Biology:  Primarily found in shallow inshore waters (Ref. 4964). Rests on hard surfaces rather than on sand (Ref. 9710). Also occurs in reef areas, but ventures into open shelf water as deep as 90 m (Ref. 7251). Caught with several types of artisanal gear. Reportedly good to eat, but not utilized widely (Ref. 4964).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 29 January 2013 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 02.05.16
Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 01.02.96

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