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Florida Manatee & Aquatic Center Animal Fact Sheet
Equetus acuminatus

Western Atlantic, the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, Florida, and the Bahamas, Indo Pacific

The High-Hat fish is also referred to as the Hi-Hat fish and cubbyu.
The High-Hat fish has a shimmering silvery body complimented by brown horizontal stripes and a tall anterior dorsal fin.
The High-Hat is a type of Drum fish so called because of the sound they make using their gas-air bladders as a resonating chamber. By stretching the muscles along their swimbladders they are able to create a kind of croaking sound.
The High-Hat is often found swimming in schools of fish.
In the wild, the High-Hat is nocturnal, although this may change when in captivity, they usually spend most of their time hiding.

Habitat: Near coral reefs, bays over rough bottom, found under eroded edges of sea-grass beds. Usually found exploring patch reefs.
Diet: Primarily carnivores eating black worms, brine shrimp, invertebrates, small fish, anemones, live corals, sponges, feather dusters, and live rocks.
Status: Not listed
Approximate Dimensions of Adult: Length: Up to 9 inches
Lifespan: Up to 5 years
Reproduction & Offspring:

Produce pelagic eggs.


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