IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: brotula (English), brótula (Espanol)
Ogilbia boydwalkeri Moller, Schwarzhans & Nielsen 2005

Walkers brotula

Body elongate and somewhat compressed; head relatively narrow (usually < 10% of SL) and deep (height usually > 16% of SL); snout rounded; front nostril low on snout; a sharp spine on opercle that has 2-3 tips in adults; eye relatively large (1.9-2.8% of SL); preopercle with 3 pores at lower rear corner, upper part of preopercle with a pore; top jaw bone expanded vertically at rear; gill rakers 13-16, 2-4 long rakers in angle of arch; origin of dorsal fin at level of middle of pectoral fins; each pelvic fin consists of 1 filament, inserted under edge of gill cover; dorsal rays 64-72; anal rays 49-54; origin of anal fin under dorsal rays 20-24; pectoral rays 18-20, fin < 14% SL; tail fin rays 16; lateral line indistinct, continuous, complete; body covered with tiny overlapping scales, about 110 in midlateral series; patch of cheek scales with 8-10 vertical rows of scales; belly with scales; penis moderately long, curved, tapering, thin; 2 pairs of long pseudoclaspers associated with penis, outer pair broad, wing shaped, with pointed tip, inner pair with 3 branches at tip, front branch long and curved, rear branch short, a thick fleshy lobe in between.

Probably brown.

Size: reaches 7.1 cm.

Inhabits shallow reefs.

Depth: 1-8 m.

Southern Mexico to El Salvador.   


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