Bassozetus compressus (Günther, 1878)
Abyssal assfish
Bassozetus compressus
photo by Shao, K.T.

Family:  Ophidiidae (Cusk-eels), subfamily: Neobythitinae
Max. size:  62 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 1134 - 5456 m
Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: Papua New Guinea (Ref. 6993) and Philippines. Atlantic Ocean.
Diagnosis:  Snout inflated; eyes much smaller than snout; opercular spine weak or absent; preopercle without spines and posteriorly expanded almost reaching posterior margin of opercle; pseudobranchial filaments 2 (Ref. 34024).
Biology:  Found on the continental slope (Ref. 75154) to bathyal and abyssal depths (Ref. 56809). Uncommon species (Ref. 34024). Oviparous, with oval pelagic eggs floating in a gelatinous mass (Ref. 205). Specimens collected were 18 females, 5 of which (23.2-50.0 cm SL) are more or less ripe with eggs measuring up to 0.5 mm in diameter (Ref. 84269).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 08 July 2014 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 29.08.97
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 02.06.10

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