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Species: Bellator farrago, Medley searobin

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snout long plates
D1 1st spine short
preoperculum - 1 rear spine
red head & body
pectoral short, red + center rays black
D1 red; D2 red + yellow blotches
opercular spine short
breast unscaled, belly scaled

Bellator farrago Richards & McCosker, 1998

Medley searobin

A large, squarish, bony head that has many ridges and spines; snout plates prolonged, forming a "scalloped" shovel-shaped extension on each side of snout tip; preopercular crest with one large rear spine, occasionally a small supplementary spine; opercular spine short; spine above base of pectoral fin short; narrow between eyes; mouth opens at front or slightly under snout; teeth on jaws and roof of mouth simple; two separate dorsal fins, XI + 11, 1st spine serrated at front, shorter than second; anal rays 11; pectoral fins short, reaching past origin of anal fin, 12-13 rays, plus 2-3 enlarged, free rays at bottom of fin that are detached from main fin; body with rough scales; breast without scales, belly scaled; pored lateral-line scales 50-52.

Upper ¾ of head and body bright red, white below; two darker red saddles below each dorsal fin; top of head with small, irregular yellowish spots; dorsal fins red, with scattered yellow blotches on 2nd dorsal, blackish membrane margins; underside of tail base black; tail fin red, central rays yellow, front of lower margin black; anal fin red; pectoral fin red, with central rays blackish from base to fin edge.

Size: reaches at least 13.2 cm.

Inhabits sand-mud bottoms.

Depth: 400-465 m.

The Galapagos & Cocos Island.

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  • Marine Only
  • Marine
  • Inshore Only
  • Inshore
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Soft bottom only
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Sand & gravel
  • Mud
FishBase Habitat
  • Bathydemersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • Bony fishes
  • No Data
Egg Type
  • No data
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Island (s) only
  • Multiple oceanic islands endemic
  • TEP endemic
  • Island (s)
  • TEP oceanic island (s) endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 13.2
Depth Range Min
  • 400
Depth Range Max
  • 465