Saccogaster tuberculata (Chan, 1966)
Bagbelly cusk
Saccogaster tuberculata
photo by Graham, K.

Family:  Bythitidae (Viviparous brotulas), subfamily: Bythitinae
Max. size:  16 cm SL (female)
Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 440 - 850 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: off East Africa to Hawaii.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 82-93; Anal soft rays: 54-60; Vertebrae: 55-58. This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following set of characters: body scaleless; frontal plate with a pair of small, sub-dermal spines just behind eyes, median sub-dermal ethmoidal spine in front of eyes; skin is rather thick; a large posterior mandibular pore behind end of maxilla; snout with a cartilaginous ethmoidal spine; opercular spine is hidden, no preopercular spine; anterior gill arch with 3 developed rakers, almost equal in length to developed rakers; pectoral peduncle is prolonged; no fangs on dentigerous bones, 3 to several tooth rows on palatines; vertebrae, precaudal 14-15, total 55-58; fin rays, D 82-93, A 54-60 and pectoral 19-22; otolith length to height, 2-2.1, otolith length to colliculum length variable, 2.5-3.3 (Ref. 93007).
Biology:  A benthic species (Ref. 58302) found on the continental slope (Ref. 75154). Rare species (Ref. 34024).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 16.05.00
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 11.08.14

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