Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Lophiiformes
(Anglerfishes) > Ogcocephalidae
Etymology: Ogcocephalus: Greek, ogkos, ou = hook, curvature (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 9 - 31 m (Ref. 40824). Subtropical
Western Atlantic: restricted to the northern and western Gulf of Mexico.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 31.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 7251)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Entire dorsal surface of the body covered with polkadot-like pattern of dark spots. Allometric growth of the rostrum: a relatively long rostrum in small specimens and sometimes a merely knoblike in large ones. Has a wider mouth than cubifrons. Lateral line scale count: subopercular usually 9, cheek series 9. Ventral surface of pectoral fin rays thickened with fleshy pads (Ref. 40824).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Bradbury, M.G., 1980. A revision of the fish genus Ogcocephalus with descriptions of new species from the western Atlantic Ocean (Ogcocephalidae: Lophiiformes). Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 42(7):229-285. (Ref. 40824)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 23.2 - 27.5, mean 24.3 (based on 142 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01995 (0.00749 - 0.05313), b=2.95 (2.72 - 3.18), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (51 of 100) .