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Species: Ogilbia cayorum, Key brotula

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D 66-76
A 50-57
cheek: 4-6 scale rows
opercle spine: 1 sharp point
pelvic short
male pseudoclaspers: triangular, outer twice as large

Ogilbia cayorum Evermann & Kendall, 1898

Key brotula

Head large, deep; narrow (<7% of SL) between small eyes; front nostril is immediately above the top lip; body elongate, compressed, slender, decreasing to slender tail base; preopercle with 3 pores at lower rear corner; opercle with 1 flat spine with 1 sharp point at upper angle; 2-4 long gill rakers; top jaw bone expanded vertically at rear, with a knob at lower rear corner; jaw teeth pointed, in bands; no central tooth patch at bottom of gill arches; dorsal fin 66-76; anal fin 50-57; each pelvic fin consists of 1 short filament, inserted under edge of gill cover; pectoral fin <16% of SL; dorsal and anal fins separate from tail; lateral line indistinct, continuous, complete; scales small, imbedded, covering body, none on operculum, in 4-6 rows on cheek; male sex organ with 2 pairs of simple triangular flap-like pseudoclaspers, outer pair twice size of inner pair.

Light to pale brown, fins same color as body.

Reaches 7 cm.

Lives in grass and algal beds.

Depth range: 0-8 m.

Bermuda to the Gulf of Mexico.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
Habitat
  • Submerged vegetation
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
Diet
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Live birth
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • West Atlantic Endemic
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s)
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Continent
Residency
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 7
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 8