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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.