Parabrotula plagiophthalma Zugmayer, 1911
False cusk
photo by SFSA

Family:  Bythitidae (Livebearing brotulas)
Max. size:  5.4 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathypelagic; depth range 0 - 3000 m
Distribution:  Northeast Atlantic: most of the known specimens from the area (Ref. 36126). Eastern Atlantic: Gulf of Guinea, one specimen 0°42'S, 7°E (Ref. 10800). Southeast Atlantic: off East London, South Africa. Western Pacific: Japan and Australia (Ref. 11228).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 37-41; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 34-38. Body long, naked and compressed. Skin loose, thin but not gelatinous. Snout pointed. Gill opening large. Head and body uniformly dark brown in alcohol (Ref. 35852).
Biology:  Found on the continental slope (Ref. 75154). Viviparous (Ref. 10800). Minimum depth from Ref. 58018.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 14 July 2014 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 01.03.96
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 16.08.09
Checked by: Kullander, Sven O. - 03.09.03

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