Glyptophidium longipes Norman, 1939
Bigeye brotula
photo by SFSA

 Family:  Ophidiidae (Cusk-eels), subfamily: Neobythitinae
 Max. size:  26 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 360 - 825 m
 Distribution:  Western Indian Ocean: frequently encountered on the upper part of the continental slope off East Africa, reaches south to Bazaruto Island in Mozambique. Ranges extends to Durban, South Africa (Ref. 11228).
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 121-145; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 96-115. Prominent head and body with an attenuate caudal part; head bones with large, thin crests; eye equal to or greater than length of snout; opercular spine broad, flat and weak; basibranchial with 2 median and a pair of tooth patches; long gill rakers on anterior arch 21 to 41 (Ref. 34024). Caudal fin rays 7-8; stem of pseudobranchial filaments dark (Ref. 34024).
 Biology:  Common species (Ref. 34024). Oviparous, with oval pelagic eggs floating in a gelatinous mass (Ref. 205).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 21.04.93
 Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 18.05.07
 Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 07.10.99

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