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| Common names: brotula (English), cusk-eel (English), lengua (Espanol), congrio-barbudo (Espanol) |
Brotula ordwayi Hildebrand & Barton, 1949
Fore-spotted brotula, Speckled bearded cusk-eel, Ordway's 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 118-125; anal rays 86-94; pectoral rays 23; each pelvic fin is a 2-rayed filament, origin under throat; scales small, smooth, slightly overlapping, on head and completely covering body.
Light grey brown to dark grey with blackish spots on head and front part of body; dorsal and anal fins dusky black with pronounced white margin; barbels and pelvic filaments whitish.
Size: grows to at least 75 cm.
Inhabits caves and crevices of rocky reefs.
Depth: 0- 75 m.
The SE Gulf of California to Peru, the Revillagigedo and Galapagos Islands.