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Species: Gordiichthys ergodes, Irksome eel

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v elongate
front nostril - short tube
tail < 1/2TL, tip fleshy, blunt
no pectorals
gill opening low

Gordiichthys ergodes McCosker, Böhlke & Böhlke, 1989

Irksome eel

Body very elongate (depth 1.6% of TL), cylindrical; anus shortly behind mid-length; with a blunt tip; snout short, overhanging; underside of snout flat, with a central groove that extends nearly to front nostrils, and barely exposes a chevron of 4 protruding teeth; jaws short, lower jaw not reaching front nostril; teeth small, conical, in single series on jaws (9-11 on top jaws, 9 on bottom jaws); chevron of 4 front teeth followed by 11 teeth in 1 row on roof of mouth; front nostril in a short tube, extending noticeably below snout; rear nostril a minute vertical slit at level of eye opening into mouth; eye small; gill opening crescentic, low on side; dorsal fin origin on head; median fins low, extending nearly to finless tail tip; no pectorals; lateral line complete, pores difficult to see, lines of each side of head connected by 2 canals with across top of head.

Preserved fish brown, with minute freckles; fins colorless.

At least 34 cm.

Lives in soft bottoms.

Depth range: 10-300 m.

Gulf of Mexico to Venezuela.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Data
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • All species.
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • All species..
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • Gulf of Mexico endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Listed
  • Data deficient
  • Not listed
Depth Range Max
  • 300
Depth Range Min
  • 10
Length Max
  • 34