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Species: Ogilbia boehlkei, Boehlke’s Brotula

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D 75-84
A 54-64
cheek: 5-7 scale rows
opercle spine: 2 points
pelvic short
male pseudoclaspers: inner club + appendix, outer- large wing

Ogilbia boehlkei Møller, Schwarzhans & Nielsen, 2005

Boehlke’s Brotula

Head large, deep; narrow (<7% of SL) between small eyes; front nostril is immediately above the top lip; body elongate, compressed, slender, decreasing to slender tail base; top jaw bone expanded vertically at rear, with a knob at lower rear corner; jaw teeth pointed, in bands; no central tooth patch at bottom of gill arches; preopercle with 3 pores at lower rear corner; opercle with 1 flat spine with 2-4 points (in large fish) at upper angle; 2-4 long gill rakers; dorsal fin 75-84; anal fin 54-64; each pelvic fin consists of 1 short filament, inserted under edge of gill cover; pectoral fin <16% of SL; dorsal and anal fins separate from tail; lateral line indistinct, continuous, complete; scales small, imbedded, covering body, none on operculum, in 5-7 rows on cheek; male sex organ with 2 pairs of pseudoclaspers, outer pair wing shaped, inner pair smaller than outer pair, club shaped, with an appendix at rear corner.

Preserved fish: uniform brown.

Reaches 7.8 cm.

Found on coral reefs.

Depth range: 0-16 m.

The Bahamas and 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
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • 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
  • 7.8
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 16