Eastern Atlantic: Madeira, Canary Islands, and St. Helena Island; range extending to São Tomé Island.
Western Atlantic: Florida, USA and southwestern Gulf of Mexico to Uruguay, including the Caribbean.
Northwest Atlantic: Canada.
Primarily found in shallow inshore waters.
Rests on hard surfaces rather than on sand.
Also occurs in reef areas, but ventures into open shelf water as deep as 90 m.
Caught with several types of artisanal gear. Reportedly good to eat, but not utilized widely.
Esox synodus Linnaeus, 1758
Saurus atlanticus Johnson, 1863
Saurus meleagrides Valenciennes, 1834
Saurus meleagris (Valenciennes, 1847) (misspelling)
Saurus synodus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Synodus atlanticus (Johnson, 1863)
Synodus fasciatus Lacepède, 1803
Synodus meleagrides (Valenciennes, 1834)
Synodus nicholsi Breder, 1927
Synodus synodus atlanticus (Johnson, 1863)