Northern Stargazer


The Northern Stargazer (Astroscopus guttatus) is a unique and fascinating marine creature, belonging to the Uranoscopidae family. It’s renowned for⁣ its‍ upward-facing mouth and unique behavior.

Conservation Status

Currently, the Northern Stargazer is not endangered and is categorized under “Least Concern” on‌ the conservation status spectrum. Regulated capture limits and responsible fishing measures aid in maintaining the species’ abundance.


Length50 cm30 – 90 cm
Weight1 kg0.5 – ⁢2 kg

The average lifespan⁢ of‍ Northern Stargazers is around 10⁣ years.


The species is predominantly found‍ in ​the ⁤Atlantic Ocean, from New York to‌ Florida, and the Gulf of Mexico. There are no notable migration patterns for‍ the Northern Stargazer.


Preferring sandy or muddy ocean bottoms,‌ these fish⁢ inhabit saltwater environments. They dwell at varying depths ⁢from 10 to 120 meters ​and can withstand a wide range of temperatures.

When and Where to See

You can spot these fish throughout the year, often during daytime hours when they bury themselves in the sand with only their eyes and mouth protruding.

Best Fishing⁢ Locations

Northern Stargazers are ⁣typically found in the Atlantic Ocean, particularly along the following coasts:

  1. North Carolina
  2. Virginia
  3. Florida
  4. South Carolina
  5. New Jersey

How to Catch

Northern ⁢Stargazers can be quite elusive, often requiring heavy sinkers and baits⁤ like squid‌ or cut bait. The ⁢most‍ effective method of capturing them is bottom fishing.

Identification Guide

The Northern Stargazer is unique ‍with a blackish-brown body and white spots. Its eyes and mouth face upward, distinguishing​ it from similar species.


In terms of culinary uses, Northern Stargazers aren’t ​typically consumed due⁣ to their venomous spines.‌ However, if cooked, they possess a mild flavor similar to other white⁤ fish.

Additional⁢ Information

These exciting creatures are nocturnal feeders,​ consuming smaller fish and invertebrates. They have few natural predators due to their venomous spines, which deter ​attacks.

References and Further Reading

Relevant sources ​and supplementary readings include, a⁢ reputable website that ​provides comprehensive information ‌about⁤ various fish species, their habitats, fishing techniques, and more. Other interesting‌ resources comprise and, which offer detailed insights⁣ into the fascinating‌ world of marine species, including the Northern⁢ Stargazer