Careproctus ovigerus (Gilbert, 1896)
Abyssal snailfish
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Family:  Liparidae (Snailfishes)
Max. size:  43.1 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 1920 - 2910 m
Distribution:  Northeast Pacific: off northern British Columbia. Occurrence record from Washington (Ref. 5515).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 40-45; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 35-36; Vertebrae: 45-50. This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following set of characters: both jaws with narrow rows of stout, sharp, simple, recurved teeth; a moderate-sized gill opening which extends ventrally to pectoral rays 4-8; pelvic disk large 25-38% HL; cephalic pore pattern 2-6-7-1; most similar to C. lycopersicus and C. kamikawai, which are both distinguished from C. ovigerus by their broad bands of trilobed teeth (Ref. 91047). Description: Dorsal and anal fins confluent with caudal fin; upper part of pectorals rounded with rays decreasing in length evenly to about the sixth from the bottom which, like those immediately below, is much increased in length and exserted; pelvic fins modified to form a large, nearly circular adhesive disc (Ref. 6885).
Biology:  The holotype, a male, was found to carry developing eggs in its mouth (Ref. 6885). Two females were ripe with large yolked eggs 6-7 mm in diameter, while the male of 33.0 cm SL had enlarged testes. Two smallest and immature females examined (18.0-18.5 cm SL) had small ovaries with many small white eggs ca. 1 mm in diameter (Ref. 91047).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 02.09.96
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 06.05.19

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