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Species: Ophidion scrippsae, Basketweave cusk-eel

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crisscross lines along scale rows
D & A: black margins
lower 4-8 gill rakers long
pectoral long, > pelvic

Ophidion scrippsae (Hubbs, 1916)

Basketweave Cusk-eel

Elongate, compressed; head compressed, top profile convex, length 22% of SL; snout with blunt bony process, not overhanging mouth; eye ~ 24% of head length; operculum with a strong, skin covered spine at its upper corner; 6-11 gill rakers, lower 4-8 longer; dorsal and anal fins continuous with tail; pectorals long (1.7-2.1 in head), equal to or slightly longer than pelvics, 20-23 rays; dorsal 124-153 rays; anal 99-126 rays; pelvic fins (each with 2 thread-like rays of unequal length) inserted under eye, scales smooth, elongate, not overlapping, at right angles rather than regular series, none on head.

Plain brownish to olive above, paler below, with dark lines along scales producing crisscross pattern; dorsal and anal fin pale with blackish margins, other fins pale; inside mouth and gill chamber dark; no dark spot on chin.

Size: reaches 28 cm.

Habitat: benthic on sand and mud bottoms; probably nocturnally active.

Depth: 1-110 m.

California to southern Baja California.


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Salinity
  • Marine
  • Marine Only
Inshore/Offshore
  • Inshore
  • Inshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
Habitat
  • Soft bottom (mud/sand/gravel/beach/estuary/mangrove/seagrass)
  • Sand & gravel
  • Soft bottom only
FishBase Habitat
  • Demersal
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • No Data
Diet
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
  • No Data
  • Bony fishes
Egg Type
  • Pelagic larva
  • No data
  • Pelagic
Global Endemism
  • TEP non-endemic
  • All species
  • East Pacific endemic
Regional Endemism
  • California province, primarily
  • All species
  • Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) non-endemic
  • Continent
  • Temperate Eastern Pacific, primarily
  • Continent only
Residency
  • Vagrant
Climate Zone
  • Northern Subtropical (Cortez Province + Sinaloan Gap)
  • North Temperate (Californian Province &/or Northern Gulf of California)
IUCN Red List
  • Least concern
  • Listed
CITES
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 28
Depth Range Min
  • 1
Depth Range Max
  • 110