Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

Inhabits flat bottoms of sand, coral rubble, seagrass or mud (Ref. 13442). Occurs from water's edge to at least 275 m depth. Feeds on mollusks, crabs, fishes, polychaete worms and algae (Ref. 13442). May be caught by hand (Ref. 13442). Rarely used for food (Ref. 26938). Traded as an aquarium fish at Ceará, Brazil (Ref. 49392).
  • Bradbury, M.G. 1980 A revision of the fish genus Ogcocephalus with descriptions of new species from the western Atlantic Ocean (Ogcocephalidae: Lophiiformes). Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 42(7):229-285. (Ref. 40824)
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Distribution

National Distribution

United States

Origin: Native

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Present

Confidence: Confident

Type of Residency: Year-round

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Western Atlantic: southeastern Florida (USA), Bahamas and northern Gulf of Mexico to northern Brazil. Antilles, western Caribbean (Ref. 26938).
  • Robins, C.R. and G.C. Ray 1986 A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U.S.A. 354 p. (Ref. 7251)
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Western Atlantic.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 4; Analspines: 0; Analsoft rays: 4
  • Randall, J.E. 1996 Caribbean reef fishes. Third Edition - revised and enlarged. T.F.H. Publications, Inc. Ltd., Hong Kong. 3nd ed. 368 p. (Ref. 13442)
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Size

Maximum size: 380 mm TL
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Max. size

38.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 7251))
  • Robins, C.R. and G.C. Ray 1986 A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U.S.A. 354 p. (Ref. 7251)
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Diagnostic Description

Head and body with conical tubercles (Ref. 13442). Pectoral membrane black distally, ventral surface of tip of rays become fleshy pad (Ref. 13608).
  • Randall, J.E. 1996 Caribbean reef fishes. Third Edition - revised and enlarged. T.F.H. Publications, Inc. Ltd., Hong Kong. 3nd ed. 368 p. (Ref. 13442)
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Ecology

Habitat

Habitat Type: Marine

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Environment

reef-associated; marine; depth range 0 - 305 m (Ref. 26938)
  • Smith, C.L. 1997 National Audubon Society field guide to tropical marine fishes of the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, Florida, the Bahamas, and Bermuda. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York. 720 p. (Ref. 26938)
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Depth range based on 35 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 16 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 15 - 369
  Temperature range (°C): 7.255 - 27.880
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.787 - 22.570
  Salinity (PPS): 34.903 - 36.635
  Oxygen (ml/l): 2.072 - 5.020
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.055 - 1.564
  Silicate (umol/l): 1.679 - 16.288

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 15 - 369

Temperature range (°C): 7.255 - 27.880

Nitrate (umol/L): 0.787 - 22.570

Salinity (PPS): 34.903 - 36.635

Oxygen (ml/l): 2.072 - 5.020

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.055 - 1.564

Silicate (umol/l): 1.679 - 16.288
 
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Depth: 0 - 275m.
Recorded at 275 meters.

Habitat: reef-associated.
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Migration

Non-Migrant: No. All populations of this species make significant seasonal migrations.

Locally Migrant: No. No populations of this species make local extended movements (generally less than 200 km) at particular times of the year (e.g., to breeding or wintering grounds, to hibernation sites).

Locally Migrant: No. No populations of this species make annual migrations of over 200 km.

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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Ogcocephalus nasutus

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 2
Specimens with Barcodes: 3
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Conservation

Conservation Status

National NatureServe Conservation Status

United States

Rounded National Status Rank: NNR - Unranked

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NatureServe Conservation Status

Rounded Global Status Rank: GNR - Not Yet Ranked

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Threats

Not Evaluated
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

aquarium: commercial
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