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Ogcocephalus darwini Hubbs, 1958
Galapagos batfish

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Ogcocephalus darwini
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Ogcocephalus darwini

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Ogcocephalus darwini
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Ogcocephalus darwini
Ogcocephalus darwini
© Copyright Gerald Allen, 2006 · 0
Ogcocephalus darwini

Main identification features
  • horn: few hairs;flanks no hairs
  • skin: like sandpaper
Dorsal rays 4; anal rays 3; body flattened, disc-like; pectoral and pelvic fins forming limb-like appendages; a pronounced bony horn on forehead; skin like sandpaper, without protruding bony plates; horn with few short hairs; flank with at hairs.

Light brown to greyish on back, white below; a dark brown stripe or series of blotches from top of head to caudal fin base on each side; snout and horn brownish; lips bright red.

Grows to about 25 cm.

Inhabits sand and rubble bottoms.

Range is 5-120 m, but usually in 10-20 m.

Galapagos Islands and one record at Ecuador.

Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo).
Depth Range Max: 120 m.
Depth Range Min: 5 m.
Diet: mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs); mobile benthic worms; mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves.
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=2; Southern limit=-2; Western limit=-93; Eastern limit=-81; Latitudinal range=4; Longitudinal range=12.
Egg Type: Pelagic; Pelagic larva.
Feeding Group: Carnivore.
FishBase Habitat: Reef Associated.
Global Endemism: Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic; East Pacific endemic; All species.
Habitat: Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom); Rocks; Sand & gravel; Reef (rock &/or coral); Soft bottom (mud, sand,gravel, beach, estuary & mangrove); Reef and soft bottom.
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Inshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 25 cm.
Regional Endemism: Island (s); Island (s) only; TEP endemic; TEP oceanic island (s) endemic; Galapagos Islands endemic; All species.
Residency: Resident.
Salinity: Marine; Marine Only.
Water Column Position: Bottom; Bottom only;

Scientific source:

Links to other sites

  • Bradbury , M. G. , McCosker , J. E. and Long, D. J., 1999., Batfishes of the Galápagos Islands with descriptions of two new species of Dibranchus (Teleostei: Ogcocephalidae)., Revue Francaise de Aquariologie, 25:79-88.
  • Bradbury, M. G., 1980., A revision of the fish genus Ogcocephalus with descriptions of new species from the western Atlantic Ocean (Ogcocephalidae; Lophiiformes)., Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci., 42:229-285.
  • Béarez, P., 1996., Lista de los Peces Marinos del Ecuador Continental., Revista de Biologia Tropical, 44:731-741.
  • Hubbs, C.L., 1958., Ogcocephalus darwini, a new batfish endemic at the Galápagos Islands., Copeia, 1958:161-170.
  • Humann, P., 1993., Reef Fish Identification: Galapagos., New World Publishing:192pp.
  • Jimenez-Prado, P., Béarez, P., 2004., Peces marinos del Ecuador continental / Marine fishes of continental Ecuador., SIMBIOE/NAZCA/IFEA tomo 1 y 2.
  • McCosker , J.E. and Rosenblatt, R.H., 1985., The inshore fish fauna of the Galápagos Islands. In Key Environments-Galápagos, ed. R. Perry., Pergamon Press:133-144.


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