Ogcocephalus darwini Hubbs, 1958
Galápagos batfish
photo by Adams, M.J.

 Family:  Ogcocephalidae (Batfishes)
 Max. size:  20.3 cm SL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  reef-associated; depth range 3 - 76 m
 Distribution:  Southeast Pacific: Galapagos Islands south to Peru.
 Diagnosis:  Vertebrae: 19-20. Squamation shagreenlike and relatively smooth; bucklers obscured by a covering of fine spinules. Has a shorter disk margin compared to porrectus but higher modal pectoral fin ray count, 15. Lateral line scale count: subopercular 4-9; cheek usually 8 (6-9). Vertebrae usually 19 (Ref. 40824).
 Biology:  Found on sandy bottoms and believed to be predatory, feeding on small invertebrates. Common below 10 m and seem to be incautious, unlike other batfishes which are limited in their range due to many predators.
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 12.08.93
 Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 25.01.02

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