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Species: Ogilbia davidsmithi, Large-pored brotula

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head wide
top jaw - end low
D 66-76
A 50-61
bottom jaw - rear 3 pores large
cheek scales 5-10 vertical rows

Ogilbia davidsmithi Moller, Schwarzhans & Nielsen, 2005

Large-pored brotula

Body elongate, slender, and somewhat compressed; snout rounded;  head wide (usually > 10% of SL) and low (height ~ 13.8% of SL); narrow between eyes; top jaw bone expanded vertically at rear, rear end relatively low; rear 3 pores on low jaw large, circular, about size of rear nostril; a sharp spine on opercle that has 1 tip; eye relatively large (1.6-2.3% of SL); preopercle with 3 pores at lower rear corner, upper part with a pore; gill rakers 12-20, 2-4 long rakers in angle of arch; origin of dorsal fin at level of middle of pectoral fins; pelvic fins inserted below rear part of head; dorsal rays 66-76; anal rays 50-61; origin of anal fin under dorsal rays 20-26; pectoral rays 17-21; tail fin rays 14-16; lateral line indistinct, continuous, complete; body covered with overlapping scales, about 110 in midlateral series; patch of cheek scales with 8 (5-10) vertical rows of scales; belly with scales; penis curved, abruptly tapering to tip; 2 pairs of large pseudoclaspers associated with penis, outer pair ~ as long as penis, with spine-like, extruding, often bent rear supporter and a much shorter front supporter, inner pair slender, short, points backward, tip broadened and with a small fleshy appendage.

Preserved fish brown.

Size: reaches 11 cm.

Inhabits shallow reefs and tide pools.

Depth: 0-30 m.

The W and NE Gulf of California.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Rocks
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • No data
  • No pelagic larva
  • Live birth
  • No pelagic phase
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • Cortez province endemic
  • Continent only
  • Continent
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 11
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 30