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Species: Ogilbichthys microphthalmus, Smalleyed Brotula

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eyes tiny
D 66-72
rear lower jaw: 1 large fang
pectoral long
cheek scales: 1-2 rows lower
LL indistinct

Ogilbichthys microphthalmus Møller, Schwarzhans & Nielsen, 2004

Smalleyed Brotula

Body moderately elongate, strongly compressed; head large 27-29.5% of SL, wide and rounded; snout blunt and rounded; front nostril is immediately above the top lip; wide between eyes (>7% of SL); eyes very small (1.1-1.6% of SL), sunk into head; lower jaw with 1 large fang on inner row at rear; no central tooth patch at bottom of gill arches; rear of top jawbone covered by skin of top lip, with a small knob at lower corner; 3 pores at lower corner of preopercle, none at top of preopercle; 3-4 elongate gill rakers; opercular spine distinct; pectoral fin relatively long (>16% of SL), 20-21 rays; dorsal fin 66-72; anal fin 53-57; dorsal and anal fins separate from tail; lateral line indistinct; narrow band of 1-2 scale rows on lower cheek; scales on belly, pectoral base and nape; male sex organ with 3 pairs of pseudoclaspers, outer pair a simple flap, inner-front pair submerged, barely visible, inner rear pair a small flap with a thorn.

Preserved fish uniform brown; fins translucent.

Reaches 4.5 cm.

Lives on reefs.

Depth range: 0-8 m.

The 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
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 4.5
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 8