Bassozetus oncerocephalus (Vaillant, 1888)
photo by Reiner, F.

Family:  Ophidiidae (Cusk-eels), subfamily: Neobythitinae
Max. size:  22.1 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range - 3200 m
Distribution:  Eastern Central Atlantic: known only from a single specimen caught off Cape Verde.
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:  Rare species (Ref. 34024). Oviparous, with oval pelagic eggs floating in a gelatinous mass (Ref. 205).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 08 July 2014 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 05.03.94
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 17.05.07
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 29.09.00

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