IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: codlet (English), bacalete (Espanol), merlucita (Espanol)
 
Bregmaceros bathymaster  Jordan & Bollman, 1890


East-Pacific codlet

Elongate body; top half of eye with transparent membrane; mouth at front; jaws with 1-2 series of minute, slender, movable teeth, similar teeth at from of roof of mouth, no teeth on sides of roof of mouth; a single long dorsal fin ray on head, well separated from rest of fin, central part of second dorsal fin with very short rays, I + 44-49 rays; anal fin similar to main part of dorsal fin, 44-50 rays; pectorals short, high on sides, 17-19 rays; pelvic fins on throat under operculum, 5-7 rays, inner 3-4 rays branched and short, outer 3 rays free, very long, fit into groove along abdomen and side of anal fin; scales thin, small, smooth, 56-62 on lateral line, 10-11 in transverse series (below front of main part of dorsal fin); lateral line high on back along each side of dorsal fin base.

Upper head and body brownish grey, lower part silvery white; fins whitish to translucid; eye blackish.

Size: 10 cm.

Habitat: over soft bottoms on continental shelf and slope.

Depth: 0-1246 m.

Southern Baja and the lower 2/3 of the Gulf of California to Peru, and the offshore islands.
   

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