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Ogcocephalus porrectus Garman, 1899
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Ogcocephalus porrectus
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Ogcocephalus porrectus

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Ogcocephalus porrectus
© Copyright Clay Bryce, 2006 · 0
Ogcocephalus porrectus

Main identification features
  • horn very hairy; flanks hairy
  • skin with large spiny knobs
Disc-like flattened body; bony horn projecting forward before eye; pectoral and pelvic fins limb-like; dorsal 3-4 (usually 4) rays; anal 4 rays; 13-15 (usually 14) pectoral rays; skin with protruding, bony spines (like sandpaper, without spines in O. darwini); fringe of hairs along lower side, from mouth to base of tail fin (absent in O. darwini); mass of long hairs on tip of horn (fewer and shorter in O. darwini).

Upper back pale brown; series of irregular dark blotches along upper side of body; pale bar under eye; orange red to creamy white along ventral surface.

Size: 16 cm.

Habitat: rocky and sandy bottoms.

Depth: 35-150 m.

Cocos and Malpelo only.

Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo).
Depth Range Max: 150 m.
Depth Range Min: 35 m.
Diet: mobile benthic worms; mobile benthic gastropods/bivalves; mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs).
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=6; Southern limit=4; Western limit=-88; Eastern limit=-82; Latitudinal range=2; Longitudinal range=6.
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); Sand & gravel; Rocks; Soft bottom (mud, sand,gravel, beach, estuary & mangrove); Reef (rock &/or coral); Reef and soft bottom.
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Inshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 16 cm.
Regional Endemism: Island (s) only; Island (s); TEP endemic; TEP oceanic island (s) endemic; Multiple oceanic 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., 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.
  • Garman, S., 1899., The Fishes. In: Reports of an exploration off the west coasts of Mexico, Central and South America, and off the Galapagos Islands, ... by the U.S. Fish Commission Steamer "Albatross," during 1891. L.C.Z.L. Tannar, U.S.N. commanding XXVI., Mem. Mus. Comp. Zool., 24:432pp.


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