Bagbelly Cusk, Saccogaster tuberculata (Chan 1966)

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Bagbelly Cusk, Saccogaster tuberculata (Chan 1966)

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N of Monte Bello Islands, Western Australia, and east of Broughton Island to E of Kiama, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species is known from the Indo-west-central Pacific off East Africa to Hawaii, in depths of 440–850 m.


Diagnosis: Body scales absent; a pair of small, sub-dermal spines on frontal plate just behind eyes, median sub-dermal ethmoidal spine in front of eyes; skin rather thick; large posterior mandibular pore behind end of maxilla; cartilaginous ethmoidal spine on snout; opercular spine hidden, no preopercular spine; three developed rakers on anterior gill arch almost equal in length to developed rakers; pectoral peduncle prolonged; no fangs on dentigerous bones, palatines with 3 to several tooth rows; precaudal vertebrae 14–15 and total vertebrae 55–58; fin rays in dorsal 82–93, anal 54–60 and pectoral 19–22; otolith length to height 2–2.1, otolith length to colliculum length variable, 2.5–3.3 (Nielsen et al. 2012).

Species Citation

Barbuliceps tuberculatus Chan 1966, Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 14(1/3): 5, figs. 1-2. Type locality: South China Sea, N of Kuching, Sarawak State, Borneo, Malaysia, 450-456 fathoms. [6°01.8´N, 109°57.4´E].


Bray, D.J. 2017


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Bagbelly Cusk, Saccogaster tuberculata (Chan 1966)


Chan, W.L. 1966. A new genus and species of deep-sea brotulid from the South China Sea. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 14(1/3): 4-8 figs 1-2 

Cohen, D.M. 1987. Notes on the bythitid fish genus Saccogaster with a new species from the Gulf of Mexico. Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History Contributions in Science 385: 1-4 

Cohen, D.M. & Nielsen, J.G. 1972. A review of the viviparous ophidioid fishes of the genus Saccogaster. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 85(39): 445-467 

Cohen, D.M. & Nielsen, J.G. 1978. Guide to the identification of genera of the fish order Ophidiiformes with a tentative classification of the order. National Marine Fisheries Service (U.S.). Technical Report 417: 1-72 figs 1-103

Nielsen, J.G., Cohen, D.M., Markle, D.F. & Robins, C.R. 1999. Ophidiiform Fishes of the World. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of pearlfishes, cusk-eels, brotulas and other ophidiiform species known to date. FAO Fisheries Synopsis No. 125 Vol. 18. 178 pp. 

Nielsen, J.G., Schwarzhans, W. & Cohen, D.M. 2012. Revision of Hastatobythites and Saccogaster (Teleostei, Bythitidae) with three new species and a new genus. Zootaxa 3579: 1-36 

Nielsen. J.G. 1999. Families Carapidae, Ophidiidae, Bythitidae, Aphionidae. pp. 1978-1985 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 3 pp. 1397-2068.

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CAAB Code:37228037

Depth:440-850 m

Max Size:16 cm SL

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