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Species: Ogilbia jewettae, Jewett's brotula

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top jaw end deep
D 73-84
A 52-62, origin under D 23-31
lower jaw - rear 3 pores large
cheek: 6-7 vertical rows scales

Ogilbia jewettae Moller, Schwarzhans & Nielsen, 2005


Jewett's brotula


Body elongate and somewhat compressed; head relatively low (height 13.2-15.8% of SL); wide between eyes; snout rounded;  mouth large, a little under snout; top jaw bone expanded vertically at rear, rear end relatively deep; a sharp spine on opercle that has 1 tip; eye relatively large (1.9-2.7% of SL); preopercle with 3 pores at lower rear corner, upper part with a pore; 3 rear pores on lower jaw relatively large, almost = rear nostril; gill rakers 13-16, 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 73-84; anal rays 52-62; origin of anal fin under dorsal rays 23-31; pectoral rays 19-22; tail fin rays 16-17; lateral line indistinct, continuous, complete; body covered with relatively large overlapping scales, about 110 in midlateral series; patch of cheek scales with 6-7 vertical rows of scales; belly with scales; penis curved, thin, tapering; 2 pairs of large pseudoclaspers associated with penis, outer pair wing-shaped, with a single broad supporter at front, inner pair club-shaped, with a fleshy ridge along inner side, tip strongly expanded, occasionally flattened and with a rear lobe.

Preserved fish pale brown.

Size: reaches 7.7 cm.

Inhabits shallow reefs.

Depth: 0-18 m.

El Salvador to Costa Rica.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Reef only
  • Rocks
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Bony fishes
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Live birth
  • No pelagic phase
  • No pelagic larva
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Panamic province endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • All species
  • Continent only
  • Continent
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Northern Tropical (Mexican Province to Nicaragua + Revillagigedos)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 7.7
Depth Range Min
  • 0
Depth Range Max
  • 18