Sand Diver (Synodus intermedius)

Also known as Intermediate Lizardfish, Sanddiver Lizardfish, Filamented Sand Dragon


Also known as Intermediate Lizardfish, Sanddiver Lizardfish and Filamented Sand Dragon.

Found singly in shallow coral and rocky reefs resting on sandy sea beds or buried in the sand with only the head showing.
Colour varies and can pale or darken to blend in with surroundings.
This is the most common lizardfish in the Caribbean.
They feed on small fish and invertebrates.
Length - 36cm
Depth - 9-27m
Widespread Western Atlantic & Caribbean

Lizardfish are experts at camouflage, they lie in wait for their prey lying on top of the sand or buried with just their heads showing. Their jaws have one or more lines of needle-like teeth.
They grab their victims with lightening speed often taking quite large prey.


  1. Posted by Carolyn
    June 29, 2016 at 10:31 am - 1 person found this useful.

    We saw two of these while diving today. One whizzed by me and really surprised me. It was pretty fast. Really neat!

  2. Posted by Jenny
    May 09, 2016 at 20:46 pm - 1 person found this useful.

    I had no clue what this fish was! I'm a spear fisher and diver, have nailed a few now and they cook up just as good as hogfish! Lots of meat, easy to clean. Bake at 450F x 25min whole and heavily seasoned with Blackening spice, belly down. After 20-25min the skin simply lifts off whole. Re-season, continue to bake another 10min and the fish will flake nicely. *PS: no information found to suggest this is a regulated or endangered species. They move slow when spearing, so easily caught.

  3. Posted by remigijus
    January 05, 2015 at 11:11 am - 1 person found this useful.

    i catch the my first fish sand Dragon its about 8 inches long, the place is Naples Florida state i was using shrimp for the bait.

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