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| Common names: mora (English), charcoal (English), carbonero (Espanol), mora (Espanol) |
Physiculus nematopus Gilbert, 1890
Charcoal codling, Charcoal mora
Body tapering to a very narrow tail base; no V shaped ridge on top of head; snout blunt; eye large, ~ 1/4-1/3 of head length; 1 barbel under chin; gill openings wide, extending above pectoral fins; mouth large, extends to under center of eye or further back, overhung by snout; few on no teeth on front of roof of mouth; 12-16 gill rakers, rakers blunt, about as long as pupil, tips not expanded; fins without spines; 2 dorsal fins, 1st short based and triangular, second long based; 1-2 anal fins; 21-24 pectoral rays; pelvic fins longer than head, each 2-6 rays, under end of opercle, bases well separated; tail fin separate from dorsal and anal fins, small, rounded; scales round, overlapping, not set at right angles; 90-100 lateral scale rows; 6 rows of scales between lateral line and center of first dorsal fin; lateral line complete; small black light organ a little before anus on middle of belly.
Grey-brown, darker at front of head and belly; anal with black margin.
Size: 29 cm.
Habitat: demersal, soft bottoms.
Depth: 0-1270 m.
Central Baja California to the Gulf of California to Peru and the Galapagos.