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Species: Lepophidium brevibarbe, Blackedge Cusk-eel

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body uniform
D & A edges & pelvic base: black
D 126-132; A 103-109
developed gill rakers 0+4, no rudiments between them
gill arches pale

Lepophidium brevibarbe (Cuvier, 1829)

Blackedge Cusk-eel

Elongate, eel-like; tapering at rear to a point at tail; head low, compressed; snout with well developed, curved spine at front, no fringes under tip; eye large; mouth large, broad, nearly horizontal; teeth on jaws small, simple, in bands, outer ones larger; no tooth patch at lower front of gill arches; gill rakers: 3 (2-4) rudiments above, 4 (4-5) developed rakers below, no rudiments between developed rakers; dorsal and anal fins low, confluent with tail; dorsal fin 126-132 (120-134); anal fin 103-109 (99-110); pectorals on midside, 21-22 (20-23); pelvics each of two small threads inserted under eye; scales round, small, in regular overlapping rows; head extensively covered with overlapping scales, except snout and throat; lateral line complete.

Head and body dark grey to tan; rear of mouth & gill arches pale; edges of dorsal and, to a lesser extent, anal fin black; pelvic fin black at base, pale behind; lateral line unmarked.

Reaches 28 cm.

On soft bottoms.

Depth range: 5-505 m.

N Carolina to Uruguay

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Sea-stars/cucumbers/urchins
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continental primarily
  • 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)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 28
Depth Range Min
  • 5
Depth Range Max
  • 505