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Species: Lepophidium profundorum, Fawn Cusk-eel

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back: row 14-23 white spots
pectoral pale
D 131-137; A 112-117

Lepophidium profundorum (Gill, 1863)

Fawn 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 2-3 rudiments above, 5-7 (4-8) well developed rakers below, plus 0-4 rudiments, total 9-11 (8-13); dorsal and anal fins low, confluent with tail; dorsal fin inserted far back, 131-137 (129-142); anal fin 112-117 (109-121); pectorals on midside, pale, 21-23 (20-24); 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.

Sooty to yellowish brown; rear of roof of mouth, gill chamber & oesophagus black; a row of 14-23 >pupil sized white spots along upper half of body; another series of pale spots above that on the front of the body; edges of dorsal and anal fins black at rear.

Reaches 26.5 cm.

On soft bottoms.

Depth range: 29-404 m.

Georges Bank to the SW 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
  • Sea-stars/cucumbers/urchins
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Extends North of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 26.5
Depth Range Min
  • 29
Depth Range Max
  • 404