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| Common names: anglerfish (English), goosefish (English), rape (Espanol) |
Lophiodes spilurus (Garman, 1899)
Threadfin goosefish, Threadfin anglerfish
Head and front of body flattened, broad, body narrowing behind, head with bony prickles; ridge from top of eye to snout smooth; mouth large, with large sharp teeth; eyes in top of head; body and fins covered with tiny ciiri; dorsal spines and rays I + I + I + III / 8; 1st spine with a simple bulb-like "lure", 2nd and 3rd spines with row of small papilla along front edge; anal rays 6; pectoral fins limb-like, 16-17 (15-18); gill opening large, behind and extending in front of pectoral base; skin very thin and loose.
Uniform dark to brown; all fins with clear outer edges; 2nd and 3rd dorsal spines black; tail fin frequently with small clear spots; lining of gut cavity dark.
Size: to about 35.4 cm.
Habitat: sandy and muddy bottoms.
Depth: 80-475 m.
Southern California to the lower Gulf of California to Chile; the Galapagos and Cocos.