Significance To Humans

Because of the venomous spines and its inshore, bottom-dwelling habits, it poses a hazard to swimmers. Shrimp fishermen sometimes capture them in their nets and need to handle them carefully. This species is too small for commercial fishery and is taken mostly as incidental catch. ♦

6-33 ft (2-10 m). Eggs, which are about 0.14 in (3.5 mm), are stuck onto Sargassum species in spherical masses of about 600-2,300; they hatch asynchronously in about two months. Juveniles school and spend about three months in shallow water before moving into deeper water.

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