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Species: Lophiodes monodi, Club-bait Goosefish, Club-bait Anglerfish

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bony ridge on snout smooth
top +/- dark/light spots
belly - small black spots
D I pale, bait = dark bulb
gill opening extends before pectoral

Lophiodes monodi Le Danois, 1971

Club-bait Goosefish, Club-bait 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 simple bulb-like "lure", 3rd spine 33.7-48% SL, then a well separated group of II spines above pectoral fin and a soft fin (8 rays) behind, on rear of body; anal fin 6; pectoral fin 16-21, 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.

Dark to light above, sometimes greenish and with diffuse light or dark spots; ventral surface light brown to grey with small black spots; 1st dorsal spine pale, its bait dark, darkest at tip.

Size: reaches about 52 cm.

Habitat: sandy and muddy bottoms.

Depth range: 230-800 m.

SE USA to Surinam

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore Only
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 39
Depth Range Min
  • 230
Depth Range Max
  • 800