Bothrocara molle Bean, 1890
Soft eelpout
Bothrocara molle
photo by Bull. U.S. Bur. Fish.

Family:  Zoarcidae (Eelpouts), subfamily: Lycodinae
Max. size:  56 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; marine; depth range 60 - 2688 m
Distribution:  North Pacific: Japan, the Okhotsk and Bering seas (Ref. 559) eastward to British Columbia, Canada and Mexico. Southern Ocean: South Georgia Island (Ref. 51665).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 107; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 89-101. Dorsal and anal fins enveloped anteriorly in soft gelatinous tissue (Ref. 6885). Uniform light brown, semitranslucent; blue or black towards margins of dorsal and anal fins; color more intense posteriorly; transparent on margins of unpaired fins, light on lining of mouth; black on peritoneum (Ref. 6885).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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