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| Common names: cusk-eel (English), congriobadejo (Espanol), congriperla (Espanol), congribadejo (Espanol) |
Ophidion species B
Chin-spot cusk-eel, Plain cusk-eel
Elongate, compressed; head compressed; snout and lower jaw ~ equal; mouth slightly angled up; snout with blunt bony projection; operculum with a strong, skin covered spine at its upper corner; 6-7 gill rakers, lower 4-5 moderately long; dorsal and anal fins continuous with tail; dorsal 130-153 rays; anal 107-128 rays; pelvics and pectorals about same length; pelvic fins inserted under eye, outer ray of pelvic ~ 1.5 length of inner ray; scales smooth, elongate, not overlapping, at right angles rather than regular series, none on head.
Pale brown, paler below, with golden cast; a narrow dark band along base of dorsal fin; outer margins of dorsal and anal darkish, paling on tail; inside mouth and gill chamber dusky; dark spot at tip of chin; outer ½ of pectorals often dusky; operculum with metallic silvery blotch; opercular spine with dark spot; foregut unpigmented .
Size: reaches 21 cm.
Habitat: benthic on sand and mud bottoms.
Depth: 5-50 m.
Gulf of California to northern Peru
costaricense" of Lea 1980).