Bermuda Sea Chub – Kyphosus sectatrix

The Bermuda Sea Chub is also known as Beaked Chub, Black Snapper, Brim, Chub, Grey Drummer, Pacific Chub, Bermuda Chub, Rudder Fish, White Chub or Grey Chub.

Kyphosus sectatrix is a species in the large clade of Percomorpha and thus belongs to the superclass of the bony fish.

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Bermuda Sea Chub – Kyphosus sectatrix


The Bermuda Sea Chub has a greyish colouration with weak, yellow stripes. Its back, tail, and anal fins run darker towards the edges. Young fishes can have pale spots on head, body and fins.
It reaches a maximum size of 73cm.

Habitat and Distribution

Kyphosus sectatrix is found above coral reefs, sandy soils, sea grass meadows or rocky reefs, down to a depth of 30m.

When diving in the Canaries it is rather rare.

In Addition, its distribution area spreads in the West Atlantic from Canada, across to the USA, Bermuda, the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean Sea, all the way to Brazil. In the eastern Atlantic, it is found from southern Morocco to the Gulf of Guinea, including St. Paul’s Rocks and Saint Helena. It is rarely seen in the Mediterranean Sea and around Madeira.


The Bermuda Sea Chub lives in swarms and feeds on algae, small crustaceans and snails.

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