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Species: Lepophidium negropinna, Speckle-fin cusk-eel, Speckled cusk-eel

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body uniform
D: dark spots & wiggly lines
A: dark

Lepophidium negropinna Hildebrand & Barton, 1949

Specklefin Cusk-eel, Speckled Cusk-eel

Elongate, eel-like; head low, compressed; tail compressed, tapering to a point; head long, low, as wide as high at preopercle; snout spine prominent, reaching well beyond tip of top jaw; eye ~ 1/5 head length; mouth large, broad, nearly horizontal; top jaw ends well beyond eye; teeth on jaws small, simple, in bands; no tooth patch on base of gill arches; gill rakers: 3 (2-4) rudiments above, 4 (4-5) developed rakers below + 5-8 (1-10) rudiments, total 12-16; opercle with concealed spine; dorsal origin a little behind base of pectoral; pectoral long, reaching over ½ way to anal fin, 23-24 (21-25); dorsal 138-146 (138-148) rays; anal fin 117-120 (111-123) rays; dorsal and anal fins low, confluent with tail; each pelvic is a pair of small threads inserted under eye; scales round, small, in regular rows, on head extending to between or before eyes, on cheeks and opercle, ~ 225 in lateral series.

Head & body uniform dark brown, a little paler below; inside of mouth & gill chamber pale; margin of dorsal fin black, inner part light with many small dark spots and streaks; tail and anal fins blackish; pelvics pale; pectoral a little darker than body.

Size: 54 cm.

Habitat: demersal on soft bottoms.

Depth: 40-390 m.

Southern Baja and the Gulf of California; Costa Rica to Chile.

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom only
  • Bottom
  • Mud
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Soft bottom only
  • Sand & gravel
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
  • No Data
  • Bony fishes
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • Pelagic
  • No data
Global Endemism
  • East Pacific endemic
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic
  • All species
Regional Endemism
  • Continental TEP endemic
  • 3 provinces (Cortez + Mexican + Panamic) endemic
  • All species
  • Continent only
  • Continent
  • TEP endemic
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
  • South Temperate (Peruvian Province )
  • Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo)
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 54
Depth Range Min
  • 40
Depth Range Max
  • 390