Bathyagonus pentacanthus (Gilbert, 1890)
Bigeye poacher
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Family:  Agonidae (Poachers), subfamily: Bathyagoninae
Max. size:  23 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; depth range 110 - 910 m
Distribution:  North Pacific: Gulf of Alaska to southern California, USA. Evermann and Goldsborough 1907 (Ref. 11366) erroneously recorded Bathyagonus pentacanthus from the Bering Sea.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 5-8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 6-7; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 6-8. Dorsal fins moderately developed and placed fairly close together; caudal rounded; anal originating below interspace between dorsal fin, closer to first; lower 4 or 5 rays of pectorals greatly exserted and thickened; pelvic fins reduced (Ref. 6885). Olive brown on dorsal surface, paler below; 5 or 6 dark brown saddle-like markings on back and sides; dark brown to dusky on dorsal, caudal and pectoral fins; pelvic and anal fins pale (Ref. 6885).
Biology:  Found on soft bottoms (Ref. 2850).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Kesner-Reyes, Kathleen - 29.08.06
Checked by: Torres, Armi G. - 14.07.94

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