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Species: Ophidion antipholus, Longnose Cusk-eel

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snout - 1 spine
2 body profiles parallel
rear top skull dark
D 116-123
A 94-103
D & A black edges
LL in dark stripe
gill rakers 0+5-6

Ophidion antipholus Lea & Robins, 2003

Longnose Cusk-eel

Elongate, compressed; upper and lower body profiles parallel for most of length; head compressed, profile rounded; snout distinctly protruding beyond and overhanging mouth, with a short, prominent, stout, finger-shaped spine projecting downwards towards its tip; no pores on head except for 2 near front of lower jaw; gill rakers – 2 rudiments above, 5-6 (4-7) developed rakers below; operculum with a strong, hidden spine; dorsal and anal fins continuous with tail; dorsal fin 116-123 (111-133); anal fin 94-103; pectoral fin 18-19 (18-21); pelvic fins (each with 2 rays of unequal length) inserted under eye, short, longest ray reaching to level under front edge to center of operculum; scales smooth, elongate, not overlapping, at right angles rather than regular series, none on head; lateral line along most of body.

Uniform pale brown; top of head with rear of skull broadly outlined in dark pigment; may have a dark streak along the lateral line; outer edges of dorsal and anal fins black, particularly at front of dorsal and all of anal.

Reaches 25.1 cm.

Benthic on sand and mud bottoms.

Depth range: 10-69 m, usually 15-40 m.

S Carolina to the E Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continental primarily
  • Extends North of GC
  • 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
  • 25.1
Depth Range Min
  • 10
Depth Range Max
  • 69