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Species: Ogilbichthys puertoricoensis, Puertorican Brotula

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D 71
lower jaw: rear fangs
pectoral long
cheek scales: 3 rows upper, 2 rows lower
LL indistinct

Ogilbichthys puertoricoensis Møller, Schwarzhans & Nielsen, 2004

Puertorican Brotula

Body moderately elongate, strongly compressed; head small (24% of SL), wide and rounded; snout blunt and rounded; front nostril is immediately above the top lip; wide between eyes (>7% of SL); eyes 2.3% of SL, not sunk into head; lower jaw with fangs 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; opercular spine distinct; 3 elongate gill rakers; pectoral fin relatively long (>16% of SL), 18 rays; dorsal fin 71; anal fin 57; pelvic long; dorsal and anal fins separate from tail; lateral line indistinct; 3 scale rows on upper cheek, 2 on lower cheek; scales on belly, pectoral base and nape; male sex organ with 3 pairs of pseudoclaspers, outer pair small, winglike, inner-front pair a ridge, much smaller than inner rear pair.

Preserved fish uniform brown; fins translucent.

Reaches 4 cm.

Lives on shallow caves on the shoreline.

Depth range: 0-1 m.

The Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • 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
  • Antilles endemic
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 4
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 1