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Species: Ogilbichthys ferocis, Fearsome Brotula

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D 58-65
side lower jaw: 2-4 large fangs
cheek scales: upper 4-6 large scales
LL 3 rows pores

Ogilbichthys ferocis Møller, Schwarzhans & Nielsen, 2004

Fearsome Brotula

Body moderately elongate, strongly compressed; head large (25.2-29.5% of SL); snout blunt and rounded; wide between eyes (>7% SL), eyes small, partly covered by transparent skin; front nostril is immediately above the top lip; lower jaw with 2-4 very large curved fangs on mid-side; rear of top jawbone covered by skin of top lip, with a knob at lower corner; no central tooth patch at bottom of gill arches; 3 pores at lower corner of preopercle, 3-4 elongate gill rakers; opercular spine distinct; pectoral fin relatively long (>16% of SL); dorsal fin 58-65; anal fin 46-51; pectoral 16-19; dorsal and anal fins separate from tail; lateral line with 3 rows of pores (a short one above operculum to origin of dorsal fin, an upper body line from over operculum to just before level of anal fin origin, a mid-side line from pectoral base to end of body); 4-6 large scales on upper cheek; scales on belly, pectoral base and nape; male sex organ with 3 pairs of pseudoclaspers, outer pair small and lobed, inner-front pair disc shaped, larger than inner rear pair.

Preserved fish pale brown; a dark patch on top of head behind eyes; fins translucent; mouth and gill chamber pale.

Reaches 3.5 cm.

Lives on reefs.

Depth range: 0-5 m.

The SW Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Corals
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Live birth
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
IUCN Red List
  • Endangered
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 3.5
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 5