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Bascanichthys cylindricus Meek and Hildebrand, 1923
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Bascanichthys cylindricus
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Bascanichthys cylindricus

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Overview
Main identification features
  • brown above; dorsal fin whitish
  • tail less than 1/2 total length
  • tip lower jaw before base front nostril
  • pectoral: fin length greater than base length
Tail tip a hard finless point; body very elongate; dorsal and anal fins low; dorsal fin origin well in front of gill opening, a little closer to snout tip than gill opening; pectoral fin present, but very tiny, length slightly greater than width of its base; snout short and blunt, its underside grooved; tip of lower jaw before base of front nostrils; teeth of jaws small and conical, uniserial; tail long (about 1.0-1.2 in head and trunk).

Brown grading to tan on ventral part; dorsal fin whitish or tan.

Size: reaches 88 cm.

Habitat: sandy bottoms.

Depth: 0-30 m.

Costa Rica and Panama.


Attributes
Abundance: Common.
Cites: Not listed.
Climate Zone: Equatorial (Costa Rica to Ecuador + Galapagos, Clipperton, Cocos, Malpelo).
Depth Range Max: 30 m.
Depth Range Min: 0 m.
Diet: mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs); bony fishes.
Eastern Pacific Range: Northern limit=10; Southern limit=8; Western limit=-86; Eastern limit=-78; Latitudinal range=2; Longitudinal range=8.
Egg Type: Pelagic; Pelagic larva.
Feeding Group: Carnivore.
FishBase Habitat: Demersal.
Global Endemism: Tropical Eastern Pacific (TEP) endemic; East Pacific endemic; All species.
Habitat: Sand & gravel; Soft bottom (mud, sand,gravel, beach, estuary & mangrove); Soft bottom only.
Inshore Offshore: Inshore; Inshore Only.
IUCN Red List: Not evaluated / Listed.
Length Max: 88 cm.
Regional Endemism: Continent; Continent only; TEP endemic; Continental TEP endemic; Panamic province endemic; All species.
Residency: Resident.
Salinity: Marine; Marine Only.
Water Column Position: Bottom; Bottom only;


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References
  • Fischer , W. , Krup , F. , Schneider , W. , Sommer , C. , Carpenter , K. E. and Niem, V. H., 1995., Guia FAO para la Identificacion de Especies de para los fines de la Pesca. Pacifico Centro-Oriental. Volumen III. Vertebrados - Parte 2., FAO3:1201-1813.
  • Lopez , M. I. and Bussing, W. A., 1982., Lista provisional de los peces marinos de la Costa Rica., Revista de Biologia Tropical, 30(1):5-26.
  • Meek , S.E. and Hildebrand, S.F., 1923., The marine fishes of Panama. Part I., Field Mus. Nat. Hist., Zool. Ser. Publ., XV:1-330.
  • Ricker, K.E., 1959., Mexican shore and pelagic fishes collected from Acapulco to Cape San Lucas during the 1957 cruise of the "Marijean"., Univ. Brit. Columbia Inst. Fish., Mus. Contrib., 3:18pp.

Acknowledgements

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