Einara macrolepis

Common Name

Loosescale Smoothhead

Year Described

Koefoed, 1927


Dorsal Fin: 21-24
Anal Fin: 25-29
Pectoral Fin: 11
Pelvic Fin: 5
Gill Rakers: 16-19 (total in first arch)
Vertebrae: 45-48 total

Body moderately elongate and slender, with a very large head. Eye diameter smaller than snout length. Snout pointed with a steep forehead profile. Rear margin of jaw extends beyond posterior margin of orbit. Teeth minute. Dorsal fin origin slightly posterior to anal fin origin (anal fin slightly longer). Pectoral and pelvic fins very small. Pectoral fin short and fan-like. Scales moderate.


Uniformly blackish.


Maximum size to 22cm SL.


Bathypelagic from 1,300-2,000m.


Northwestern Atlantic (Bear seamount) to off Florida and off Brazil.


Whitehead, P.J.P. , M.-L. Bauchot, J.-C. Hureau, J.G. Nielsen and E. Tortonese. 1986. Fishes of the North-eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean. Vol. I-III. UNESCO. Fishes of the North-eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean. http://species-identification.org.