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Species: Ogilbia suarezae, Shy Brotula, Suarez's Brotula

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D 66-82
A 48-53
cheek scales: 5-7 rows
opercle spine: 1 point
pelvic long, reaches A
male pseudoclaspers: same size, inner broad tip, outer triangle

Ogilbia suarezae Møller, Schwarzhans & Nielsen, 2005

Shy Brotula, Suarez's Brotula

Head large, deep; narrow (<7% of SL) between small eyes; front nostril is immediately above the top lip; body elongate, compressed, deep, decreasing to slender tail base; preopercle with 3 pores at lower rear corner; opercle with 1 flat spine with 1 sharp point at upper angle; 2-4 long gill rakers; 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; dorsal fin 66-82; anal fin 48-63; each pelvic fin consists of 1 long (reaching anal fin) 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, a broad patch of scales, 5-7 vertical rows on upper cheek; male sex organ with 2 pairs of pseudoclaspers, outer pair a small triangular flap, inner pair about as long or slightly longer than outer pair, with a broad tip.

Preserved fish light brown.

Reaches 8.6 cm.

Coral and rocky reefs.

Depth range: 0-10 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
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • GC endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 8.6
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 10