Thalassobathia sp.

FamilyScientific NameAuthorYearCommon Name
BythitidaeThalassobathia sp.Cohen1963(No Common Name) Viviparous Brotula

Family Bythitidae — Scales present in all but a few species; skin firm. Precaudal vertebrae 9-22. Swim bladder present. Developed rakers on anterior arch fewer than 6 in most species but in some as many as 18. No median basibranchiall tooth patch. Pelvic fin with a single ray or absent in a few.

Thalassobathia sp.

Unique Characters: (No Common Name) Viviparous Brotula Thalassobathia sp. Pelvic fin with 2 short, fleshy rays in each. Skin thick; scales absent for head and absent or scatter on body. Anterior nostril non-tubular and placed high in snout; maxilla narrow posteriorly. Gill rakers on first arch reduced to a few small fleshy flap and protruberances. In association with scyphomedusan Stygiomedusa gigantea jellyfish.

Similar Species:

Black Brotula Stygnobrotula latebricola

(No Common Name) Viviparous Brotula Diplacanthopoma sp.

(No Common Name) Viviparous Brotula
Bythites gerdae

Black Brotula Stygnobrotula latebricola. Pelvic fins absent or with a single filamentous ray in each Palatine teeth absent. Head and body notably compresses; snout blunt. Snout equals diameter of eye.

(No Common Name) Viviparous Brotula Diplacanthopoma sp. Pelvic fins absent or with a single filamentous ray in each Palatine teeth present. Prominent skin flap bearing large pore above the upper angle of the opercle. Body tapers to a slender tail. Scales absent from head and bases or dorsal and anal fins.

(No Common Name) Viviparous Brotula Bythites gerdae. Pelvic fins absent or with a single filamentous ray in each. Palatine teeth present. No prominent skin flap with pore above opercle. Head without scales. Upper jaws end well behind eye. Opercular spine strong.

Reference:

FAO. 1999. Species catalogue. Volume 18. Ophidiiform fishes of the world (Order Ophidiiformes). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of pearlfishes, cusk-eels, brotulas and other ophidiiform fishes known to date. FAO Fisheries Synopsis. No. 125, Vol. 18. 178p., 136 figs. Rome, Italy.

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