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Species: Cubiceps gracilis, Longfin Cigarfish

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head scales onto snout
center roof mouth:oval patch knobby teeth
D 21-24
LL 59-69
tongue: oval patch knobby teeth
A III, 19-23
pectorals = long wings
no keel on breast

Cubiceps gracilis (Lowe, 1843)

Longfin Cigarfish

Body elongate, slender, soft and flexible; large eye with a fatty ring around it; mouth small, usually ends before eye; teeth small, pointed, curved, in~ 1 row on jaws; blunt knobby teeth on front (oval patch) and sides (1 row) of roof of mouth & an oval patch on tongue; 6-10 + 16-18 gill rakers; 2 dorsal fins, 1st with origin behind pectoral origin, XI-XII + I, 21-24; anal fin III,19-23; pectoral fins long, in adults extend past anal origin, 21-24 rays; pelvic fins insert below or slightly behind pectoral base; tail fin forked, with blunt tips; lateral line high along back; branched mucous canal along flank; scales moderate, smooth, 59-69 on lateral line; scales along top of head, and snout almost to nostrils; no bony keel along breast.

Bluey black head, body & fins.

Size: 92 cm.

Habitat: oceanic.

Depth: 0-100 m.

Subtropical to temperate N Atlantic; the Grand Banks to the Gulf of Mexico.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Mid Water
  • Near Surface
  • Water column only
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Pelagic
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Planktivore
  • Data
  • Zooplankton
  • Pelagic jellyfish/ctenophores
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • Transatlantic (East+West Atlantic)
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends North of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Island (s)
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 92
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 100