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Species: Neobythites marginatus, Stripefin Brotula

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head & body - 2 brown stripes
D 102-111, black base + white edge
C black
preopercle 2 spines
pectoral 24-28
A 89-97, white front, black rear

Neobythites marginatus Goode & Bean, 1886

Stripefin Brotula

Head and body compressed, tapering strongly at rear; head large (at least half of length before anal fin); snout pointed; eye large (~equal to snout length); mouth large (extends behind eye), slightly oblique, at front; teeth small, simple on front (a V shaped patch) and sides of roof of mouth, two tooth patches on base of gill arches behind tongue, front patch long & slender, rear patch small & roung; 2-4+8-9 long gill rakers; upper rear of operculum with a large, straight, round spine; preoperculum with 2 strong spines at its lower angle; dorsal fin origin slightly behind pectoral base, 102-113 rays; anal fin 89-97 rays; pectorals 26 (24-28); pelvics close together and inserted under preoperculum, each fin consisting of a pair of rays that are united by a membrane near their bases, 12-16.5% SL, reach 2/3 distance to anal fin; tail fin joined to dorsal and anal fins but extends well behind them; lateral line incomplete (restricted to front 85% of body and tail); head and body entirely covered with smooth scales, 7 scale rows between lateral line and dorsal fin.

Light yellowish brown; 2 narrow dark brown stripes from above and below eye along upper side to near rear of tail base; dorsal fin blackish, with a white outer border; anal fin white at front, black at rear; tail fin black.

Reaches 24 cm.

Lives on and above soft bottoms.

Depth range: 79-933 m; usually below 300 m.

North Carolina to the southern Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • In & Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Offshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom + water column
  • Near Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Bentho-Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Benthic microalgae
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC 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
  • 24
Depth Range Min
  • 79
Depth Range Max
  • 933