Eleotris amblyopsis
(Cope 1871)
Family Eleotridae

Lateral view of a largescaled spinycheek sleeper
This largescaled spinycheek sleeper was collected in Volusia County, Florida in 2015. It is now part of the Florida Museum ichthyology collection, UF 238005. Florida Museum photo by Zachary Randall

The largescaled spinycheek sleeper is a member of the sleeper family. It has an elongate body that is dark brown. This species also has a distinctly paler cream-colored area dorsally that extends from the tip of the snout, between the eyes and to the caudal fin base. It has a blunt snout and upturned mouth with a broad head, and the dorsal profile is gently arched. The largescaled spinycheek sleeper is a marine species that enters rivers, creeks, canals, ditches and ponds in coastal and inland environments.

Status & distribution

  • Status — Marine invader
  • Florida Distribution — Western and North Central drainages, South Florida and the Atlantic Coast
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