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Species: Ogilbichthys kakuki, Kakuki’s Brotula

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D 70-79
side lower jaw: no fangs
pectoral short
cheek scales: 3-4 rows upper, 1-2 rows lower
LL 2 rows pores

Ogilbichthys kakuki Møller, Schwarzhans & Nielsen, 2004

Kakuki’s Brotula

Body elongate, strongly compressed, high; head long, wide and rounded; wide between eyes (>7% of SL); front nostril is immediately above the top lip; rear of top jawbone covered by skin of top lip, with a small knob at lower corner; lower jaw without fangs, with 5 outer rows of granular teeth and 1 inner rows of small pointed teeth, 1 row of each at sides; no central tooth patch at bottom of gill arches; 3 pores at lower corner of preopercle, 1 at top of preopercle; 3 elongate gill rakers; opercular spine distinct; pectoral fin 18-21 rays, fin short; dorsal fin 70-79; anal fin 53-61; dorsal and anal fins separate from tail; lateral line in 2 rows of pores, upper row 14 pores, lower line along midside; scales on cheek in 3-4 rows above, 1-2 rows below; scales on belly, pectoral base and nape; male sex organ with 3 pairs of pseudoclaspers, outer pair 2 times size of inner rear pair, winglike, with an inner knob, inner-front pair broad, inner rear pair broad with a thorn.

Uniform pale yellow.

Reaches 7.9 cm.

Lives on reefs and sinkholes; also deep in caves.

Depth range: 0-26 m.

The Bahamas to the Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • 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 + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 7.9
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 26