The most common fish to catch here are the Channel Catfish (Catfish albacore). The Channel catfish (Synodus fimbriata) can be found throughout the Atlantic and the Caribbean, but they are a different species from the other catfish found in these waters. The offshore version being smaller than the Inshore one. They are commonly distributed across the southern Caribbean, Florida and the Bahamas. As for the Inshore, they are generally found along the East End of the continental shelves along the coastlines.
All three forms of this catfish are members of the Synodontidae family of fish, which includes various species of catfish. They are classified as Elagans (order Prototheria), which means claw fishes. This genus also includes Marlins (order Batales), Sailfishes (order Squamata), Mussels (order Ensifera), and Sea Cucumbers (order Cucurbita). And they all belong to the same family of fishes. So, we can label them all as Synodontidae.
Since we now know what a Synodontidae family member is, let’s get back to the topic at hand, that of the lizardfish. The common name for this catfish is “Lizard Fish”, since its dorsal fin bears a similarity to that of a lizard’s tail. Its anal fin is wide and round, with a short pointed crest.
Although it has been described as the smallest freshwater aquarium and teleost fish, some sources give it a measurement much lower than 10 centimeters in length. The reason for this is that many sources only record fish based on lengths and not weights. According to records, the heaviest known specimen was a fourteen centimeters long fish from Southern California. That’s right, the record holder for the shortest fish ever recorded by science was also a lizard fish.
Another sub-species of this genus is the Eelpikota. It belongs to the same family as the previously mentioned named lizard fish, but unlike the latter it does not have any dorsal fin. Instead, it has two, short horns on each side. The Eelpikota has a brown body with gray colored stripes down its back. Its dorsal and anal fins are completely black, apart from a single white horn that juts out slightly. This species is exclusively a predator on small fish and crabs.
Harpadontinae, or simply Harpies, are a very important part of the ecosystem in which they live. Only two sub-species exist in nature: the red and white spotted. The spotted variety is the smallest of the two, at about three centimeters in length. It is easily recognized by its two white spots on its head. It also has gray colored flanks which give it the appearance of a turtle with its long legs.
In general descriptions, both the dragonfly and the lizard fish differ in their size. Dragonflies are a bit smaller than the lizard fish, at about one and a half to two centimeters in length. The tail of the dragonfly is also longer than its body, at the same time providing it with a clumsy appearance. Because of its clumsy appearance, it is believed that the dragonfly originated from the ancient oceans of Earth.
The size difference between the dragonfly and the lizard fish might be due to different genealogical paths. One possibility is that the dragonfly derived from the common ancestor of both lizard and salamander clades. It is also possible that it borrowed some characteristics of the salamanders such as its dorsal fin and tail. Overall, the general descriptions of dragonflies and lizards clearly show that both resemble each other and share similar characteristics that allow them to be classified as members of the same group of reptiles.