Ogilbia sabaji

Common Name

Sabaj's Coralbrotula

Year Described

Møller, Schwarzhans & Nielsen, 2005


Dorsal Fin: 66-72
Anal Fin: 46-54
Caudal Fin: 16
Pectoral Fin: 17-21
Vertebrae: 39-42
Gill Rakers: 13-16

Diagnosed by: anterior nostril very close to upper lip. Eye is 2.0-3.1% SL. Premaxillary, dentary, vomer, and palatine with multiple rows of teeth each. Male genitalia described as: “outer pseudoclasper wing-shaped with single broad and curved supporter anteriorly; inner pseudoclasper club-shaped, tip much expanded, without appendix; small fleshy lobe at base of hood adjacent to outer pseudoclasper, penis tapering…” Opercular spine with a single tip. Scales on cheek number 5-9. Six infraorbital pores, four supraorbital pores, six mandibular pores, and four preopercular pores. Caudal fin not confluent with dorsal or anal fins. Pectoral fin 12.8-15.7% SL. Anal fin orgin at midbody. Pelvic fin not reaching anus. Predorsal area, abdomen, and outer pectoral base scaled. Fins naked. About 20 scale rows vertically from dorsal fin to anal fin origin (Møller et al., 2005).


Body pale yellowish grading to dusky brown on the back due to dusky scale centers on scales. Green pigment globules often found in skin. Fins yellowish basally and clear distally.


Specimens range from 30-50mm SL


Coral reefs from 0-30m.


Known from off S. Florida, the Bahamas, and the southern Lesser Antilles to Tobago.


Møller, P. R., Schwarzhans, W., & Nielsen, J. G. 2005. Review of the American Dinematichthyini (Teleostei: Bythitidae). Part II. Ogilbia. aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology, 10(4), 133-207.