Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Ophidiiformes
(Cusk eels) > Bythitidae
(Viviparous brotulas) > Brosmophycinae
Etymology: Ogilbia: Taken from Ogilby, 1887-1915, icthiologist and zoologist (Ref. 45335); boehlkei: Named for the late Dr. James E. Böhlke, Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. More on authors: Møller, Schwarzhans & Nielsen.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 16 m (Ref. 57883). Tropical
Western Central Atlantic: Bahamas, Colombia and off Puerto Rico.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 57883)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 54 - 64;
Vertebrae: 42 - 45. This species is characterized by the following: Vertebrae 12-13 + 29-33 = 42-45, dorsal fin rays 75-84, anal fin rays 54-64; outer pseudoclasper is wingshaped with a curved supporter anteriorly; inner pseudoclasper club-shaped, with prominent appendix inserted at posterodistal angle; a small fleshy lobe at base of hood adjacent to outer pseudoclasper; opercular spine very broad, usually 2-4 furcated in large (> 50 mm SL) specimens; scale patch on cheeks with 5-7 vertical scale rows; head and body mucus with dark brown pigment globules, especially near anal opening (Ref. 57883).
Inhabits coral reefs. A 62 mm SL female specimen (ANSP 115182) contained about 100 embryos (3-4 mm TL) and about 50 eggs (diameter 0.5 mm). The embryos with brown eyes, but no pigmentation on head and body is probably due to the 44 years of preservation (Ref. 57883).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Møller, P.R., W. Schwarzhans and J.G. Nielsen, 2005. Review of the American Dinematichthyini (Teleostei: Bythitidae). Part II. Ogilbia. Aqua J. Ichthyol. Aquat. Biol. 10(4):133-207. (Ref. 57883)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 26.6 - 28.2, mean 27.5 (based on 310 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00447 (0.00174 - 0.01147), b=3.10 (2.87 - 3.33), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (13 of 100) .