IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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

Large-pored brotula

Body elongate, slender, and somewhat compressed; snout rounded;  head wide (usually > 10% of SL) and low (height ~ 13.8% of SL); narrow between eyes; top jaw bone expanded vertically at rear, rear end relatively low; rear 3 pores on low jaw large, circular, about size of rear nostril; a sharp spine on opercle that has 1 tip; eye relatively large (1.6-2.3% of SL); preopercle with 3 pores at lower rear corner, upper part with a pore; gill rakers 12-20, 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 66-76; anal rays 50-61; origin of anal under dorsal rays 20-26; pectoral rays 17-21; tail fin rays 14-16; lateral line indistinct, continuous, complete; body covered with overlapping scales, about 110 in midlateral series; patch of cheek scales with 8 (5-10) vertical rows of scales; belly with scales; penis curved, abruptly tapering to tip; 2 pairs of large pseudoclaspers associated with penis, outer pair ~ as long as penis, with spine-like, extruding, often bent rear supporter and a much shorter front supporter, inner pair slender, short, points backward, tip broadened and with a small fleshy appendage.

Preserved fish brown.

Size: reaches 11 cm.

Inhabits shallow reefs and tide pools.

Depth: 0-30 m.

The W and NE Gulf of California.


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