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Species: Lophiodes reticulatus, Reticulate Goosefish

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bony ridges on snout smooth
fine chain pattern
D1 III+III, last very small, close to #V
floor of mouth: 2 dark blotches
gill opening extends before pectoral

Lophiodes reticulatus Caruso & Suttkus, 1979

Reticulate Goosefish

Head and front of body flattened, broad, body narrowing behind; eyes in top of head; ridge from top of eye to snout smooth; bone behind eye with 1 spine; mouth broad, with many long, sharp teeth; gill opening large, behind and extending in front of pectoral base; dorsal fin consists of III isolated spines on head, first spine acts as a fishing pole with complex "lure" (bearing pennant-like flap, long cirri, and, usually, dark, stalked, eye-like appendages), 3rd spine 22.7-44.7% SL, then a group of III spines (last may be very small, very close to spine before it) joined by membrane above pectoral fin and a soft fin (8 rays) behind, on rear of body; anal fin 6; pectoral fin 14-16, pectoral fins limb-like; gill opening in "armpit" of pectoral fins, extends in front of fin base; head and body with scattered branched skin flaps.

Top of head and body covered with a fine mesh or chain pattern; floor of mouth with 2 dark blotches; lining of stomach cavity pale.

Size: reaches about 30 cm.

Habitat: sandy and muddy bottoms.

Depth range: 65-820 m.

North Carolina to the southern Caribbean.

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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
  • Bathydemersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continental primarily
  • Extends North of GC
  • 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
  • 30
Depth Range Min
  • 65
Depth Range Max
  • 820