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Species: Cubiceps pauciradiatus, Bigeye cigarfish, Long-fin fat-head

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elongate; soft, flexible
scales reach onto snout
origin D behind pectoral base
D 15-18; A II, 14-17
tongue: oval patch knobby teeth
center roof mouth: oval patch knobby teeth
pelvic origin behind pectoral base
breast - sharp, bony keel
pectorals = long wings
flank: branched mucous canal

Cubiceps pauciradiatus Günther, 1872

Long-fin fat-head, Bigeye cigarfish

Body elongate, slender, soft and flexible; eye large, with a fatty ring around it; mouth small, usually ends before eye; teeth small, ~ 1 row on jaws; flattened knob-like teeth on front (an oval patch) and sides (1 row of 3) of roof of mouth, and base of gill arches, an oval patch of flattened knob-like teeth on tongue; 7-9+16-19 gill rakers; 2 dorsal fins, 1st with origin behind pectoral origin;  X-XI + I, 15-18; anal fin II, 14-17; pectoral fins long, in adults extend past anal origin, 17-20 rays; pelvic fins insert behind pectoral base; tail fin forked, with blunt tips; lateral line high along back; branched mucous canal along flank; scales moderate, smooth, 46-60 on lateral line, scales along top of head, and snout almost to nostils; a thin sharp bony keel along breast.

Bluey brown, fins dark; inside mouth and gill chamber very dark.

Size: 20 cm.

Habitat: oceanic, juveniles around flotsam.

Depth: 60-100 m.

Circumglobal, tropical to temperate; potentially all of the TEP except most of the Gulf of California.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore Only
  • Offshore
Water Column Position
  • Surface
  • Near Surface
  • Mid Water
  • Water column only
  • Water column
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathypelagic
Feeding Group
  • Data
  • Carnivore
  • Planktivore
  • Pelagic fish eggs
  • Zooplankton
  • Bony fishes
  • Pelagic fish larvae
  • Data
Egg Type
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • All Pacific (West + Central + East)
  • All species
  • "Transpacific" (East + Central &/or West Pacific)
  • Indo-Pacific only (Indian + Pacific Oceans)
  • TEP non-endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic
  • Eastern Pacific non-endemic
  • All species
  • Island (s)
  • Island (s) only
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Not evaluated / Listed
  • Not listed
Depth Range Min
  • 60
Depth Range Max
  • 100
Length Max
  • 20