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Brosmophycis marginata (Ayres, 1854)
Red Brotula
Family: Bythitidae
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© Neil McDaniel  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #15963)

Source: Distribution of Brosmophycis marginata as compiled by Aquamaps
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Species Information

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 98 - 110; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 72 - 81; Vertebrae: 63 - 65. Dorsal fin base covered with loose skin; caudal small and rounded; anal fin base covered with skin; pectorals rounded, almost pedunculate; two pelvic fin rays, outer ray of pelvic fins long, slender and filamentous, twice the length of inner ray (Ref. 6885). Bright red to brown on dorsal surface, nearly white on ventral surface of the body; pale red on ventral surface of head; margins of dorsal and anal fins red; bright red on caudal and pectoral fins; lips pink; mucus secretion reddish (Ref. 6885). Branchiostegal rays: 7 (Ref. 36488).

Source: FishBase. Nielsen, J.G., D.M. Cohen, D.F. Markle and C.R Robins. 1999 . (Ref. 34024) .


Species Biology

A common cryptic species (Ref. 34024). Found in rocky areas (Ref. 2850). Live-bearers with planktonic larvae (Ref. 36488). Flesh considered sweet and fine-textured but rarely available (Ref. 27436). demersal; marine; depth range 3 - 256 m (Ref. 2850), usually 15 - ? m (Ref. 2850). Subtropical.

Source: FishBase. Nielsen, J.G., D.M. Cohen, D.F. Markle and C.R Robins. 1999 . (Ref. 34024) .



Eastern Pacific: Petersburg, southeastern Alaska to Ensenada, northern Baja California, Mexico.

Source: FishBase. Nielsen, J.G., D.M. Cohen, D.F. Markle and C.R Robins. 1999 . (Ref. 34024) .

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: 2024-07-13 4:02:35 PM]
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