Bajacalifornia arcylepis

Common Name

Network Slickhead

Year Described

Markle & Krefft, 1985


Dorsal Fin: 17
Anal Fin: 13
Pectoral Fin: 14-15
Pelvic Fin: 7-9
Lateral Line:
Gill Rakers: 22 (total on first arch)
Pyloric Caeca: 13-22
Vertebrae: 27-28 precaudal, 19-20 caudal

Body moderately elongate and slender, with a large head. Eyes slightly larger to smaller than than snout. A conical knob at the tip of snout. Teeth present in a single row in upper and lower jaws. Rear margin of jaw extends to the posterior margin of orbit. Dorsal fin origin anterior to anal fin. Pelvic and pectoral fins very small. Scales absent on head. Scales on body moderate (17-19 transverse rows from first lateral scale to dorsal fin).


Brown with darker scale centers, forming a reticulate pattern.


Ranges from 19.7-21.6cm SL.


Benthopelagic. Collected as deep as 2000m.


The only western Atlantic record is in the central Atlantic (27° 38'-43'N, 52° 22'-20'W).


Markle, D.F. and G. Krefft, 1985. A new species and review of Bajacalifornia (Pisces: Alepocephalidae) with comments on the hook jaw of Narcetes stomias. Copeia 1985(2): 345-356.

Other Notes

The two western Atlantic Bajacalifornia spp. have relatively low vertebral, gill raker, and transverse scale row counts compared to the other species in the genus.