Atlantic wreckfish

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Atlantic wreckfish
Polyprion americanus.png
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Polyprionidae
Genus: Polyprion
Species: P. americanus
Binomial name
Polyprion americanus
(Bloch and Schneider, 1801)

The Atlantic wreckfish, Polyprion americanus, is a marine, bathydemersal, and oceanodromous fish in the family Polyprionidae. It is found in the eastern and western Atlantic Ocean, western Indian Ocean, and the southwest Pacific Ocean. It is also known as stone bass, because it inhabits rocky ledges and wrecks. Polyprion moeone (Bass groper) is now recognised a junior synonym.[1]

Atlantic wreckfish

Atlantic wreckfish are deep-water fish found on the ocean bottom at depths between 40 and 600 m (130 to 2,000 ft), where they inhabit caves and shipwrecks (thus their name). They are largely solitary fish, but juveniles will school below floating objects. Wreckfish are oviparous fish that spawn in the summer. They do not guard their eggs or young. The diets of Atlantic wreckfish consist mainly of large ocean cephalopods, crustaceans, and other bottom-dwelling fishes. The fish are important as a game fish, reaching a maximum reported length of 210 cm (7 ft) and weight of 100 kg (220 lb). They are also occasionally sold commercially both fresh and frozen.


References for Polyprion moeone[edit]