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  Common names: brotula (English), cusk-eel (English), lengua (Espanol), congrio-barbudo (Espanol)
 
Brotula clarkae Hubbs, 1944


Pacific bearded brotula,     Red bearded cusk-eel,     Pink bearded cusk-eel


Body elongate, relatively deep, compressed, tapering to rear; eye large; nostril halfway between top lip and rear nostril;  mouth large; gill openings large, membranes not joined under throat; small pointed teeth in bands on jaws and roof of mouth; snout and lower jaw each with 6 barbels; pointed tail fin continuous with dorsal and anal; dorsal fin origin before anal fin origin; dorsal rays 108-112; anal rays 78-89; pectoral rays 27-28;  each pelvic fin is a 2-rayed filament, origin under throat; scales small, smooth, slightly overlapping, on head and completely covering body.


Adults  reddish brown; median fins dusky dark brown to blackish; Juveniles (under about 20 cm):  with dark stripe on head behind eye and numerous, large dark brown spots on body.


Size: attains 98 cm.

Inhabits rocky reefs and adjacent sand bottoms.

Depth: 1-650 m.

Southern California to the central Gulf of California to Peru.
   

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