Cavebass

© Johan Boshoff

Common Family Name

Cavebass

Alias

Lampfish

Scientific Name

Dinopercidae

Size

Up to 75 cm

Identification

Compressed oval body. Small comb-like scales. Truncated caudal fin. Lower jaw protrudes further than the upper jaw. Blackish brown with white specks, which fade in adults.

General Info

Dinopercidae family consist of 2 genera and 2 species. Found under ledges or at entrances to caves. Makes a drumming noise. Nocturnal. Pelagic spawners.

Feeding

Feeds on zooplankton and small crustaceans.

Distribution

Occurs in all temperate and tropical oceans of the world.

Common Species

Cavebass
Dinoperca petersi