Distinguished by elongated dorsal spines.
In the Western Atlantic, found in North Carolina to Georgia in the USA. A demersal fish found in water depths ranging from 5 - 185 meters and mainly on mud bottoms.
South Atlantic Federal Regulations
This species is designated as an "Ecosystem Component Species" and is not subject to management measures but is included in the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Unit. Permitting, gear, and other regulations (i.e., landing intact) apply.