Lophiodes reticulatus Caruso & Suttkus, 1979
Reticulated goosefish
photo by Flescher, D.

Family:  Lophiidae (Goosefishes)
Max. size:  25 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 64 - 820 m
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: between 29°57'N and 7°18'N. Southern Florida (USA), Gulf of Mexico, Puerto Rico, western and southern Caribbean, Lesser Antilles to northern coast of South America (Ref. 26938).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 6-6; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-8; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 6-8. Esca with pennant-like flap, long cirri, and usually with dark stalked eye-like appendages; dorsal surface of head, body and pectoral fins with distinct reticular pattern; ventral surface light tan to white; ventral surface of pelvic fin darker distally (Ref. 13608).
Biology:  Found in continental shelf waters. A voracious carnivore. (Ref. 26938).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 29 January 2013 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 29.04.09

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