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Species: Lophiodes beroe, White Goosefish, White Anglerfish

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bony ridge on snout smooth
brown + dark blotches, top - small pale spots
D III + III, last I-II imbedded
D I dark, bait = pale bulb with cirri
gill opening extends before pectoral

Lophiodes beroe Caruso, 1981

White Goosefish, White Anglerfish

Head and front of body flattened, broad, body narrowing behind; eyes in top of head; snout narrow; ridge from top of eye to snout low, smooth; bone behind eye with 1 spine; mouth broad, with many long, sharp teeth; gill opening large, behind and extending in front of pectoral base; dorsal fin consists of III isolated spines on head, first spine acts as a fishing pole with a bulb-like "lure" with a cirrus at tip and various cirri at its base, 3rd spine 28.5-39.3% SL, then a group of III spines, last (and sometimes 2nd last) imbedded, barely visible, above pectoral fin and a soft fin (8 rays) behind, on rear of body; anal fin 6; pectoral fin 18-21, pectoral fins limb-like; gill opening in "armpit" of pectoral fins, extends in front of fin base; head and body with scattered branched skin flaps.

Uniform light to dark brown or gray or light brown with dark brown blotches; upper surface with small, circular pale spots; 1st dorsal spine dark, darker near tip, its bulbous bait pale, unpigmented; lining of stomach cavity black.

Size: reaches about 44 cm.

Habitat: sandy and rubble bottoms.

Depth range: 347-860 m.

Gulf of Mexico to the southern Caribbean.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
  • 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
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends South of GC
  • 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
  • 44
Depth Range Min
  • 347
Depth Range Max
  • 860