Sciaenidae Equetus punctatus

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Sciaenidae are a family of fish in the order Perciformes. They are commonly called drums or croakers in reference to the repetitive throbbing or drumming sounds they make. The family consists of about 286 to 298 species in about 66 to 70 genera.

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The spotted drum or spotted ribbonfish (Equetus punctatus), is a species of marine fish in the family Sciaenidae. The spotted drum is widespread throughout the tropical waters of the occidental Atlantic Ocean from South Florida to Brazil including by the way the Bermuda, the Bahamas, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. It is frequently observed during the day under ledges or near the opening of small caves, at depths between 3 and 30 metres (98 ft), where it swims in repetitive patterns. A nocturnal feeder, it leaves the protection of its daily shelter at night to feed mainly on small crustaceans and Polychaete worms.

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