atlantic lizardfish

Scientific name Synodus saurus
Descriptor Linnaeus
Year of description 1758
IUCN category LC
Family Synodontidae
Genus Synodus
Synodus saurus Synodus saurus


Synodus saurus, commonly known as atlantic lizardfish, is a salt water fish.

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Who is it?


  • Average size
    20 cm
  • Maximum size
    40 cm
  • Longevity
    10 year
  • Shape
  • Pattern
  • Average size
    20 cm
  • Maximum size
    40 cm
  • Longevity
    10 year
  • Shape
  • Pattern

How to recognize the atlantic lizardfish ?

The atlantic lizardfish measures between 20 and 40 cm. This fish is bicolore with a predominantly bleu, blanc and beige body. The also has marron mottling.

Behaviour & Life cycle

  • diet
  • Sociability
  • territorial
  • Way of living

The atlantic lizardfish is a fish solitary naturally found on the bottom. This species is carnivorous .

Although the atlantic lizardfish is non-territorial, it is sometimes aggressive towards other species.


  • Reproduction

The atlantic lizardfish is a fish ovipare.

Harmless species

This species does not represent any particular threats to humans when encountered in its natural environment.

Where to find it?

What is its habitat?

Natural environment characteristics

  • Temperature
    16 - 28 °C
  • Depth
    1 - 400 m

Biotope presentation

The atlantic lizardfish is most often found at a depth between 1m and 400m. However, it is not impossible to find this species at other depths.

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