Scopelogadus mizolepis

Common Name

Ragged Bigscale

Year Described

G√ľnther, 1878

Identification

Dorsal Fin: II, 10-12
Anal Fin: I, 8-9
Pectoral Fin: 14-16
Pelvic Fin: I, 7
Caudal Fin: 9-10 branched, 2-4 procurrent rays
Lateral Scale Rows: less than 12
Gill Rakers: 21-26
Vertebrae: 24-26

Head with numerous bony ridges and pits. Body scales huge and shaggy (often missing in specimens and represented by large pockets). No post-temporal spines, projecting anterior spines, or raised bony crest on top of head. Preopercle and opercle margins relatively smooth or with weak spination. Gill rakers in first arch relatively numerous (20 or more). Anal fin origin under last 4-6 dorsal rays. Pectoral fin reaches last ray of dorsal fin. Pelvic fin origin under pectoral fin origin. No cheek scales.

Color

Uniformly brown or black

Size

Maximum size to 94mm SL

Habitat

Juveniles taken from 50-300m. Adults mesopelagic under 500m.

Range

Northwestern Atlantic from the eastern U.S. to the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. Also off Brazil.

References

McEachran, J.D. and J.D. Fechhelm. 1998. Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico. Volume 1: Myxiniformes to Gasterosteiformes. University of Texas Press, Austin. i-viii + 1-1112.

Mincarone, M. M., F. Di Dario and P. A. S. Costa. 2014. Deep-sea bigscales, pricklefishes, gibberfishes and whalefishes (Teleostei: Stephanoberycoidei) off Brazil: new records, range extensions for the south-western Atlantic Ocean and remarks on the taxonomy of Poromitra. Journal of Fish Biology v. 85: 1546-1570.