Pareques acuminatus

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Perciformes
Family: Sciaenidae
Genus: Pareques
Species: P. acuminatus
Binomial name
Pareques acuminatus
(Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
  • Equetus acuminatus (Bloch & Schneider, 1801)
  • Grammistes acuminatus Bloch & Schneider, 1801

Pareques acuminatus, (the high-hat, cubbyu, streaked ribbonfish or striped drum[1]), 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.


  1. ^ a b Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2014). "Pareques acuminatus" in FishBase. May 2014 version.