Neobythites braziliensis

Common Name

Saddled Brotula

Year Described

Nielsen, 1999


Dorsal Fin: 112-116
Anal Fin: 95-98
Pelvic Fin: 2
Pectoral Fin: 28-29
Caudal Fin: 8
Gill Rakers: 12-14 (only long rakers)
Pseudobranchial Filaments: 2-4
Vertebrae: 63-66

Body elongated and eel-like. Snout blunt. Jaw extends past posterior margin of orbit. Teeth present in jaws, on palatine, and on vomer. Anterior basibranchial tooth path narrows on posterior end. Preopercular spines number 2. Spines on preopercle strong. Opercular spine strong. Dorsal and anal fins confluent with caudal fin. Pelvic fin reaches 2/3 of the way to the anus. Lateral line not obvious. Body scales cycloid.


Body dark brown grading to whitish on the belly. There are up to seven indistinct bars on the body that merge with black spots or ocelli on the dorsal fin. There are always more than four ocelli present. Anal fin with 2-4 spots or faint ocelli. Body with a dense sprinkling of melanophores. Eyes, gills, lips, and gut dark.


Maximum size to 146mm SL


Occurs on the continental slope from 320-412m.


Found only off NE Brazil well offshore of the Amazonian outflow.


Nielsen, J. G. 1999. A review of the genus Neobythites (Pisces, Ophidiidae) in the Atlantic, with three new species. Bulletin of Marine Science v. 64 (no. 2): 335-372.