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Species: Lepophidium jeannae, Mottled Cusk-eel

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back: irregular rows small dark spots
D: outer U shape dark blotches
mouth & gill chamber pale; oesophagus black
D 133-140; A 112-115
developed gill rakers 0+4

Lepophidium jeannae Fowler, 1941

Mottled 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 2 (2-3) rudiments above, 4 developed rakers below; dorsal and anal fins low, confluent with tail; dorsal fin 133-140; anal fin 112-115 (110-119); pectorals on midside, 21 (20-22); pelvics each of two small threads inserted under eye; scales round, small, in regular overlapping rows; head extensively covered with overlapping scales extending to between or before eyes, on cheeks and opercle; lateral line complete.

Pale; exposed part of top jaw bone black; inside mouth & gill chamber pale; oesophagus black; a dark "ear" spot on operculum; numerous irregular small (most <pupil) dark spots on upper 2/3 of head and body; dorsal fin with a series of wide U shaped dark blotches separated by narrower pale interspaces along outer ~1/2 of fin, a row of dark spots along base of fin; anal fin dusky with black border; tail fin bicolored, dark above & below, pale in center.

Reaches 30.5 cm.

On soft bottoms.

Depth range: 26-280 m, usually above 90 m.

N Carolina to the Gulf of Mexico.

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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
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Mobile benthic worms
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Extends North of GC
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 30.5
Depth Range Min
  • 26
Depth Range Max
  • 280