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Species: Lophius gastrophysus, Blackfin Goosefish

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bony ridge on snout rough & spiny
D III + III,9-10, rear spines - no black membrane
pectoral 22-26, inner rear edge black
gill opening all behind pectoral

Lophius gastrophysus Miranda-Ribeiro, 1915

Blackfin Goosefish

Head and front of body flattened, broad, body narrowing behind; ridge from top of eye to snout rough, with knobs, spines or ridges; bone behind eye with 2-3 spines; mouth broad, with many long, sharp teeth; gill opening large, opens entirely below and behind pectoral base; dorsal fin consists of III isolated spines on head (1st spine acts as a fishing pole, with a lure), several short spines not joined by membrane above pectoral fin; length of 3rd head spine greater than minimum distance between the 2 ridges that run along snout, length of 1st behind-head spine =/> that same minimum distance; soft dorsal fin (9-10 rays) behind, on rear of body; anal fin 8-9; pectoral fin 22-26.

Dark brown above; lower surface with dark reticulations in adult; underturned inner edge of pectoral with a distinct black band, underside of base of fin gradually getting darker; no black membrane connecting rear dorsal spines.

Reaches 60 cm.

Lives on soft bottoms.

Depth range: 40-1464 m, usually below 200 m.

Cape Hatteras to northern Argentina.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • In & Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Offshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Mud
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathydemersal
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Octopus/squid/cuttlefish
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Also in Brazil
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Continental primarily
  • Extends N + S of GC
  • Extends North of GC
  • Extends South of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (0-10N, Costa Rica / Venezuela)
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 60
Depth Range Min
  • 40
Depth Range Max
  • 1464