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Lepophidium negropinna  Hildebrand & Barton, 1949

Specklefin cusk eel
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Ophidiiformes (Cusk eels) > Ophidiidae (Cusk-eels) > Ophidiinae
Etymology: Lepophidium: Latin, lepus, leporis = rabbit + Greek, ophis = serpent (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Hildebrand.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 40 - 390 m (Ref. 34024).   Tropical; 32°N - 7°S, 118°W - 76°W (Ref. 91765)

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Eastern Pacific: Gulf of California, outer coast of Baja California, and off northwestern South America.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 52.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 91765); common length : 35.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 55763)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 134-148; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 111 - 123; Vertebrae: 75 - 80. This species is characterized by the following: usual number of vertebrae, precaudal 16 (14-17), caudal 60-62 (59-64), total 76-78 (75-80); fin rays, dorsal 138-146 (134-148), anal 117-120 (111-123) pectoral 23-24 (21-25); pyloric caeca 4-5 (3-6), usually 3-4 in one whorl, 1-2 in second tier, sometimes 1 in a third tier; first gill arch with rudimentary rakers 3 (2-4) on the upper arm, 4 (sometimes 5) developed but short rakers on lower arm, rudiments anterior on the first arch vary from 1-10 (usually 5-8); total rakers 12-16 (9-18) with most of the variations due to the rudiments; dorsal-fin origin between neural spines 4-5 (26 specimens) or 3-4 (17 specimens) (Ref. 91765).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Common species (Ref. 34024). Adults inhabit soft bottoms, from shallow waters to moderate depths (Ref. 9329). Oviparous, with planktonic larvae (Ref. 36413). Oval, pelagic eggs float in a gelatinous mass (Ref. 205).

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Oviparous (Ref. 36413).

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Robins, C.R., R.H. Robins and M.E. Brown, 2012. A revision of Lepophidium (Teleoastei, Ophidiidae), with descriptions of eight new species. Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History 52(1):1-94. (Ref. 91765)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 11.9 - 16.8, mean 14.4 (based on 59 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00275 (0.00131 - 0.00577), b=3.17 (2.99 - 3.35), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.8   ±0.7 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate to high vulnerability (50 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Medium.