IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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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.


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