Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Inhabits exposed rocky areas and coral reefs. Often near elkhorn and staghorn corals (Ref. 9710). Commonly found in schools. Juveniles are encountered in Thalassia beds (Ref. 9626). Adults are observed in coral reefs during the day but enters open waters at night to feed on mainly on plankton (Ref. 9626), but also on small crustaceans and mollusks. Marketed fresh (Ref. 3798).
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Distribution

Western Atlantic: southern Florida (USA), Bahamas and Yucatan, Mexico to Brazil.
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Western Atlantic.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13; Analspines: 3; Analsoft rays: 9 - 10
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Size

Maximum size: 230 mm TL
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Max. size

23.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 7251))
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Diagnostic Description

6 straight, even, and nearly equally wide bronze-yellow stripes on side (Ref. 26938). Snout short, mouth nearly horizontal and small, the maxilla usually not reaching a vertical at front edge of pupil; fins largely yellow (Ref. 13442).
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Type Information

Type for Haemulon chrysargyreum
Catalog Number: USNM 4703
Collection: Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Department of Vertebrate Zoology, Division of Fishes
Locality: Cuba, Greater Antilles, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 25 m (Ref. 7251)
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Depth range based on 233 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 136 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 0.5 - 17.4
  Temperature range (°C): 26.556 - 28.034
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.214 - 3.153
  Salinity (PPS): 34.217 - 36.556
  Oxygen (ml/l): 4.285 - 4.693
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.046 - 0.239
  Silicate (umol/l): 0.805 - 4.130

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 0.5 - 17.4

Temperature range (°C): 26.556 - 28.034

Nitrate (umol/L): 0.214 - 3.153

Salinity (PPS): 34.217 - 36.556

Oxygen (ml/l): 4.285 - 4.693

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.046 - 0.239

Silicate (umol/l): 0.805 - 4.130
 
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Depth: 0 - 25m.
Recorded at 25 meters.

Habitat: reef-associated. Inhabits exposed rocky areas and coral reefs. Often near elkhorn and staghorn corals (Ref. 9710). Commonly found in schools. Juveniles are encountered in @Thalassia@ beds (Ref. 9626). Adults are observed in coral reefs during the day but enters open waters at night to feed on mainly on plankton (Ref. 9626), but also on small crustaceans and molluscs.
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Trophic Strategy

Inhabits exposed rocky areas and coral reefs. Often near elkhorn and staghorn corals (Ref. 9710). Commonly found in schools. Juveniles are encountered in Thalassia beds (Ref. 9626). Adults are observed in coral reefs during the day but enters open waters at night to feed on mainly on plankton (Ref. 9626), but also on small crustaceans and mollusks. Mobile invertebrates feeder (Ref. 33499, 57616).
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Haemulon chrysargyreum

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 12
Specimens with Barcodes: 15
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Barcode data: Haemulon chrysargyreum

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


There are 10 barcode sequences available from BOLD and GenBank.  Below is a sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species.  See the BOLD taxonomy browser for more complete information about this specimen and other sequences.

CTTTATCTAGTATTTGGTGCATGAGCTGGAATRGTAGGCACAGCCTTA---AGCCTACTTATCCGAGCAGAGCTAAGCCAGCCTGGCGCACTCCTTGGGGAY---GACCAAATCTATAATGTAATTGTTACTGCACATGCATTCGTAATAATTTTCTTTATAGTAATACCAATTCTCATTGGAGGATTCGGAAACTGACTCGTACCCCTAATG---ATCGGGGCCCCCGATATGGCATTCCCGCGAATGAATAATATGAGCTTTTGACTGCTTCCCCCTTCTTTCCTTCTCCTTCTCGCCTCGTCAGGCGTAGAGGCCGGAGCTGGAACTGGCTGAACTGTCTACCCCCCATTAGCCGGAAATCTAGCACACGCTGGAGCGTCGGTTGACCTT---ACAATTTTCTCCCTCCATCTGGCAGGTGTTTCATCAATTCTAGGGGCAATTAACTTCATTACAACAATTATTAACATGAAACCTCCCGCCATCTCCCAGTATCAGACCCCCCTGTTCGTGTGGTCAGTTCTTGTCACCGCCGTGCTCCTTCTTCTATCTCTCCCAGTACTCGCAGCC---GGCATTACAATGCTCCTCACAGACCGAAATCTAAACACTACTTTCTTTGACCCCGCCGGAGGAGGAGATCCCATCCTCTACCAACACCTC
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

fisheries: minor commercial; aquarium: public aquariums; bait: usually; price category: medium; price reliability: very questionable: based on ex-vessel price for species in this family
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