Gulf of Mexico Wildlife Series: SeaRobin

  • It’s a bird! It’s a fish! No, it’s a searobin!

"There is at least 12 SeaRobins (Prionotus tribulus) species inhabiting Gulf of Mexico waters. The Bighead SeaRobin is the largest, most common, and the only one to inhabit lakes and estuaries, as well as nearshore waters.  Not only can these beautiful fish glide through the water with ease using their ‘wings’, but they can also use the elongated rays on their pelvic fins to ‘walk’ on the bottom while searching for the worms and small shrimp that they eat, especially in sandy seagrass habitats."

In this Gulf of Mexico Wildlife Series: SeaRobin will be the topic discussion. The SeaRobin,  a most curious looking fish, inhabits the Gulf of Mexico waters. They become more active at night in the bays and salt water estuaries surrounding the Gulf. They are protected by a natural beautifully colored armor (in most cases) and bony heads. The pectoral fins have ornate patterns on them. Unlike most other fish SeaRobins are vocal. They can produce audible sounds using the muscles attached to their bladders. This is the SeaRobins claim to fame, noted by most of the residents in the areas they inhabit. These creatures can be as large as 28" so imagine the sound they can make.

If you would like to purchase one for your saltwater aquarium there are places online to get them. A quick google search turned up this one, you may find interesting:

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F-2430 SEA ROBINS, Prionotus scitulus, P. tribulus. Swims along the sand bottomsBighead searobin (Prionotus tribulus) at Gulf Specimen Marine Lab and Aquarium. with its wing-like pectoral fins expanded. The modified ventral fins act like fingers, feeling the bottom for prey. Size: 6-12 cm. Each: 22.00