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Species: Cubiceps pauciradiatus, Bigeye Cigarfish

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eye large
head: scales onto snout
center roof mouth: oval patch knobby teeth
tongue: oval patch knobby teeth
D 15-18
A II, 14-17
pectorals = long wings
bony keel on breast

Cubiceps pauciradiatus Günther, 1872

Bigeye Cigarfish

Body elongate, slender, soft and flexible; eye large, with a fatty ring around it; mouth small, usually ends before eye; teeth small, ~ 1 row on jaws; flattened knob-like teeth on front (an oval patch) and sides (1 row of 3) of roof of mouth, and base of gill arches, an oval patch of flattened knob-like teeth on tongue; 7-9+16-19 gill rakers; 2 dorsal fins, 1st with origin behind pectoral origin; X-XI + I, 15-18; anal fin II, 14-17; pectoral fins long, in adults extend past anal origin, 17-20 rays; pelvic fins insert behind pectoral base; tail fin forked, with blunt tips; lateral line high along back; branched mucous canal along flank; scales moderate, smooth, 46-60 on lateral line, scales along top of head, and snout almost to nostils; a thin sharp bony keel along breast.

Bluey brown, fins dark; inside mouth and gill chamber very dark.

Size: 20 cm.

Habitat: oceanic, juveniles around flotsam.

Depth: 1-90 m at night, 200-1000 m during the day.

Circumglobal, tropical to temperate; Newfoundland to Guyana.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Near Surface
  • Surface
  • Water column only
  • Water column
  • Flotsam
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathypelagic
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
  • Pelagic fish eggs
  • Pelagic fish larvae
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Circumtropical ( Indian + Pacific + Atlantic Oceans)
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 20
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 1000