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Atlantic Spadefish

Coastal Habitats

Animals of the Gulf Waters 

Atlantic Spadefish

Atlantic Spadefish

Chaetodipterus faber

 

Atlantic spadefish may look like angelfish but you can tell them apart by counting the fins on their backs. If they have two dorsal fins, they're spadefish; if they have only one, they're angelfish. Spadefish live in bays near jetties and pilings while they're small and move out to natural and artificial reefs when they grow larger.

Animals of the Gulf Waters

 

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