Porichthys oculofrenum

Common Name

Spotfin Midshipman

Year Described

Gilbert, 1968


Dorsal Fin: II, 32
Anal Fin: 30
Pectoral Fin: 16-17
Pelvic Fin: I, 2
Gill Rakers: 12-13
Vertebrae: 42
Photophores: 22-25 (mandibular), 34-37 (branchiostegal), 37-40 (gular), 32-35 (gastric), 38 (ventral), 32-33 (anal)

Photophores on body. Anterior end of branchiostegal photophore series with a forward-facing, V-shaped commissure. A single opercular spine. Uppermost pectoral fin rays with glands present. No scales. Four lateral lines.


Body pale with diffuse dark blotches and saddles on the dorsum. Three or four of the blotches under the dorsal fin are larger saddle bars, and extend partially onto the dorsal fin. Another saddle on the caudal fin base. A lightly pigmented area between orbits. Dorsal and anal fins pale with dark margins. Pectoral fin with dark spots on the outer half and at the base. Sides silvery.


Maximum size to 92.5mm SL.




Venezuela and off N.E. Brazil


Gilbert, C. R. 1968. Western Atlantic batrachoidid fishes of the genus Porichthys, including three new species. Bulletin of Marine Science v. 18 (no. 3): 671-730.