Ogilbichthys tobagoensis

Common Name

Tobago Coralbrotula

Year Described

Møller, Schwarzhans, & Nielsen, 2004


Dorsal Fin: 65-72
Anal Fin: 48-54
Caudal Fin: 16
Pectoral Fin: 17-19
Vertebrae: 38-40
Gill Rakers: 3
Lateral Line:

Diagnosed by: anterior nostril close to upper lip; lower anterior gill arch with uninterrupted long rakers. 3 long gill rakers. Eyes small (1.9-2.5% SL) but distinct. Dentary with large teeth posteriorly. Snout with depression above eye. Three pairs of pseudoclaspers with the inner pair connected to the isthmus. Anterior inner pseudoclasper submerged. Posterior inner clasper thorn-like. Three posterior infra-orbital pores, one upper preopercular pore, and three lower preopercular pores. Opercular spine free. Two pseudobranchial filaments. Pectoral fin relatively long (>16% SL). Predorsal area, abdomen, and outer pectoral base scaled. Head and cheek naked (Møller et al., 2004).


Color in life unknown. In alcohol, light brown with pale fins.


Specimens range from 15-29mm SL.


Shallow coral reefs from 0-10m.


Known only from Tobago in the S. Caribbean Sea.


Møller, P. R., W. Schwarzhans & J. G. Nielsen. 2004. Review of the American Dinematichthyini (Teleostei: Bythitidae). Part I. Dinematichthys, Gunterichthys, Typhliasina and two new gerera. aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology v. 8 (no. 4): 141-192