Pareques acuminatus, (the high-hat, cubbyu, streaked ribbonfish or striped drum), is a small fish, usually between 6 and 9 inches, that can occasionally be found on coral reefs in the middle western Atlantic Ocean, in the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, Florida and the Bahamas. High-hats are typically black and white or dark brown and white.
Young high-hats typically live in rocks and coral hidden from predators. Generally they inhabit reef areas.
High-hats are carnivorous fish that feed on crabs, shrimps and small invertebrates.
This species of fish can live with other types of small fish, as they are not aggressive.
- Photos of Pareques acuminatus on Sealife Collection