Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Lophiiformes
(Anglerfishes) > Ogcocephalidae
Etymology: Ogcocephalus: Greek, ogkos, ou = hook, curvature (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 4 - 388 m (Ref. 40824). Tropical
Western Atlantic: northern Gulf of Mexico to Straits of Florida in the USA.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 16.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 7251)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 18 - 20. Rostrum generally sloping downward with respect to the long axis of the body instead of being horizontal or tilted upward; rostrum length to disk margin length, 2.8-3.7. Ventral surfaces of pectoral and pelvic rays without fleshy pads. Pectoral ray count usually 11. Subopercular lateral line scale count usually 8 (7-9). Vertebral count usually 20, lateral line scale usually 25. Distinguished from parvus by its flatter head (HL 4.3-5.1 to SL) and its larger mouth width of mouth to head depth 1.4 - 1.9 (Ref. 40824).
Occurs at depths from 3.5-388 m.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Bradbury, M.G., 1980. A revision of the fish genus Ogcocephalus with descriptions of new species from the western Atlantic Ocean (Ogcocephalidae: Lophiiformes). Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 42(7):229-285. (Ref. 40824)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 17.1 - 27.1, mean 22.5 (based on 202 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01995 (0.00749 - 0.05313), b=2.95 (2.72 - 3.18), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.6 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
): Low to moderate vulnerability (34 of 100) .