Also known as Atlantic Chalk Bass, Bassfish, Chalk Basslet, Tortuga Bass.
Found in small schools, over rubble and sandy, silty bottoms, hovering, over patches of coral and rubble, or close to old conch shells for shelter.
They feed on plankton.
Length - 8cm
Depth - 12-396m
Widespread Western Atlantic, Caribbean
Sea Bass are solitary carnivores that hunt near the bottom usually at dusk. Food is drawn into their mouths by a powerful suction when they open their overly large mouths and then swallowed whole.
Spawning is seasonal and controlled by the moons phase. Ref: https://www.fishbase.se/summary/Serranus-tortugarum.html