Introducing our April Fish of the Month, the Chalk Bass (Serranus torturgarum)!

Survey Regions: The Chalk Bass is found in the Tropical Western Atlantic (TWA) survey region. Click here to see the REEF database report for this species.

Size: They grow to about 3-4 inches.

Identifying Features: Chalk Basses have a light blue to gray body and may also appear pinkish brown or orange. They have a series of pale and dark bars running along their upper body.

Fun Facts: Chalk Basses can be seen hovering over sand and rubble bottoms. They prefer depths of 30 or more feet, and can be found alone or in small clusters. Sometimes groups of Chalk Basses may live in empty conch shells.

Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for our next Fish of the Month.

Photo by Florent Charpin.