Equetus

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Equetus
Equetus punctatus juvenile.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Sciaenidae
Genus: Equetus

Equetus is a genus of drumfishes found in the middle western Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean.

Behavior[edit]

Members of this genus are frequently observed during the day under ledges or near the opening of small caves, at depths between 1 and 30 meters, where they swim in repetitive patterns. They leave the protection of the daytime shelter at night to feed.

Diet[edit]

When juvenile, drums feed on plankton and small organisms. Adults feed at night on invertebrates like crabs and shrimp.

Global distribution[edit]

They live in the west central Atlantic and the Caribbean, including the Gulf of Mexico and the coasts of Florida and the Bahamas.

Juvenile jack-knifefish, Equetus lanceolatus
Jack-knifefish, Equetus lanceolatus

Species[edit]

Spotted drum, Equetus punctatus
Spotted drum, Equetus punctatus