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Bathyagonus pentacanthus (Gilbert, 1890)
Bigeye Poacher
Family: Agonidae
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Source: Distribution of Bathyagonus pentacanthus as compiled by Aquamaps
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Species Information

Dorsal spines (total): 5 - 8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 6 - 7; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 6 - 8. Dorsal fins moderately developed and placed fairly close together; caudal rounded; anal originating below interspace between dorsal fin, closer to first; lower 4 or 5 rays of pectorals greatly exserted and thickened; pelvic fins reduced (Ref. 6885). Olive brown on dorsal surface, paler below; 5 or 6 dark brown saddle-like markings on back and sides; dark brown to dusky on dorsal, caudal and pectoral fins; pelvic and anal fins pale (Ref. 6885).

Source: FishBase. Kanayama, T. 1991 . (Ref. 28197).


Species Biology

Found on soft bottoms (Ref. 2850). demersal; marine; depth range 110 - 910 m (Ref. 28197). Subtropical.

Source: FishBase. Kanayama, T. 1991 . (Ref. 28197).



North Pacific: Gulf of Alaska to southern California, USA. Evermann and Goldsborough 1907 (Ref. 11366) erroneously recorded Bathyagonus pentacanthus from the Bering Sea.

Source: FishBase. Kanayama, T. 1991 . (Ref. 28197).

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
NativeSNRNo StatusNot Listed
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Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2024-06-14 2:03:31 PM]
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