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Species: Porichthys bathoiketes, Deep Toadfish

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body dark
flank: row 6-8 dark blotches
D&A dark edges
D2 35; A 32
gill rakers 12-13
pectoral 17

Porichthys bathoiketes Gilbert, 1968

Deep Toadfish

Body compressed, elongate; head a little flattened above, no tentacles; 1 strong solid spine on opercle, no subopercular spines; teeth like canines; 12-13 (11-14) gill rakers; gill openings restricted to side, before pectoral fin base; dorsal rays II (solid) + 35 (33-36); anal rays 32 (31-33); pectoral fin 17 (15-18); discrete glands on inner surface of pectoral between upper fin rays, no pore behind pectoral fin base; four lateral lines with conspicuous rows of light organs; row of light organs behind that on chin has a U shape, with a central, forward-pointing extension; no scales.

Body entirely dark; a black patch on back around base of 1st dorsal fin; upper flank with 6-8 irregular dark blotches from behind head to base of tail fin, the last 3-4 joined across top of back; dorsal fin with outer half dark; anal fin with dark outer outer half; pectoral fins with dark base and lower ¼ of fin; tail fin with dark rear edge.

Size: grows to 16 cm.

Inhabits sand and mud bottoms.

Depth 132 - 320 m.

The western Caribbean, also the Guyanas and Brazil.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathydemersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Benthic
  • Data
  • No pelagic larva
  • No pelagic phase
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 16
Depth Range Min
  • 132
Depth Range Max
  • 320