Brosmophyciops pautzkei Schultz, 1960
Slimy cuskeel
Brosmophyciops pautzkei
photo by Winterbottom, R.

Family:  Bythitidae (Livebearing brotulas)
Max. size:  7.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  reef-associated; marine; depth range 6 - 54 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: Red Sea to Samoa and the Austral Islands, north to the Ryukyu Islands, south to Rowley Shoals. Recorded from the Gulf of Aqaba and the Gulf of Thailand (Ref. 34024).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 78-84; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 58-62. When alive, body coloration is brown with translucent orange fins and is covered in a thick granular mucus (Ref. 1602). Description: Characterized by caudal rays 10-12; without scales on head; cycloid and embedded body scales, about 100-106 in longitudinal series; greatest depth of body 19.7-20.7% SL; relatively large eye 5.3-5.7 % SL; maxillary extending beyond level of rear edge of eye (Ref. 90102).
Biology:  Lives in the interstices of lagoon or seaward reefs (Ref. 1602). Benthic (Ref. 75154). Body covered with heavy coating of mucus (Ref. 1602).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 16 August 2019 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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