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Species: Lepophidium entomelan, Blackthroat Cusk-eel

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snout strongly pointed
in mouth & throat black
D 125-133; A 103-114
pectorals pale

Lepophidium entomelan Robins et al, 2012

Blackthroat Cusk-eel

Elongate, eel-like, tapering at rear to a point at tail; head low, compressed; snout strongly pointed, with well developed, curved spine at front, no fringes under tip; eye large; mouth large, broad, nearly horizontal; teeth on jaws small, simple, in bands, outer ones larger; no tooth patch at lower front of gill arches; gill rakers – upper arm with 3 (2-4) rudiments, & rarely 1 developed raker, lower arm with 5-7 (5-8) developed rakers plus 3-6 (0-6) rudiments below, total 10-15 (10-18) rakers; dorsal and anal fins low, confluent with tail; dorsal fin 128-132 (125-133); anal fin 107-110 (103-114); pectorals on midside, 22-24 (20-25); pelvics each of two small threads inserted under eye; scales round, small, in regular overlapping rows; head extensively covered with overlapping scales extending to between or before eyes, on cheeks and opercle; lateral line complete.

Head & body brown, chest & belly white; opercle & membranes under throat blackish (internal pigment); inside mouth, gill chamber & oesophagus black; hind-gut all dark; edges of dorsal and anal fins dark.

Reaches 27 cm.

On soft bottoms.

Depth range: 122-439 m.

Georgia to the SW Caribbean

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • 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)
  • Mobile benthic worms
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Continent
  • Continent only
  • GC endemic
  • 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
  • 27
Depth Range Min
  • 122
Depth Range Max
  • 439