IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: batfish (English), pez-murciélago (Espanol)
 
Ogcocephalus darwini Hubbs, 1958


Galapagos batfish


Head depressed but elevated above disk; disc triangular; snout pointed, with a horn-like rostrum (short to very long) projecting well forward before eyes, horn with few short hairs; fish-lure with 3 fleshy points, in a small cavity under horn; spine at lower rear corner of operculum blunt or little developed; gill rakers are oval plates covered with small teeth; eyes on sides of head; gill opening high, above pectoral fin base; pectoral and pelvic fins limb-like, pectorals completely separated from body; skin covered dorsal fin on tail, small fleshy anal fin under tail; skin with few, small protruding bony plates; flank without fringe of hairs; underside of body completely covered with pointed, bony scales underside of tail densely covered with small prickles, with sometimes a few conical spines along midline.


Light brown to greyish on back, white below; a dark brown stripe (sometimes broken) from top of head to caudal fin base on each side; snout and horn brownish; lips bright red.


Grows to about 25 cm.

Inhabits sand and rubble bottoms.

Range is 5-120 m, but usually in 10-20 m.

Endemic to the Galapagos Islands
   

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