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  Common names: brotula (English), brótula (Espanol)
Ogilbia galapagosensis (Pol & Leleup, 1965)

Galapagos brotula

Body elongate, slender, somewhat compressed; head wide (~ 13.8% of SL), and high (height ~ 17.4% of SL); wide between eyes; snout rounded;  mouth large, slightly under snout; top jaw bone expanded vertically at rear; a sharp spine on opercle that has 1 tip; eye relatively large (2.1-2.7% of SL); preopercle with 3 pores at lower rear corner, upper part without a pore; gill rakers 12-16, 2-4 long rakers in angle of arch; origin of dorsal fin at level of middle of pectoral fins; pelvic fins inserted below rear part of head; dorsal rays 69-74; anal rays 54-62; pectoral rays 15-17; tail fin rays 11-12; lateral line indistinct, continuous, complete; body covered with overlapping, small scales, about 110 in midlateral series; cheek without scales; belly with scales; penis curved, abruptly tapering to tip; 2 pairs of pseudoclaspers associated with penis, outer pair with a long, spine-like support, inner pair much shorter than outer pair.

Pale to light brown

Size: reaches 6.1 cm.

Inhabits subterranean pools in lava rocks.

Depth: 0.5-5 m.

Endemic to the Galapagos.


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