Lepophidium wileyi Robins, Robins & Brown, 2012
Fringed cusk-eel

Family:  Ophidiidae (Cusk-eels), subfamily: Ophidiinae
Max. size:  20.9 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine; depth range 60 - 402 m
Distribution:  Western Atlanic Ocean: from the western edge of the Bahamas and Cuba along the Antillean chain to Trinidad and in the southern, eastern, and western Caribbean Sea; a collection is known from the Gulf of Mexico northwest of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 124-135; Anal soft rays: 105-117; Vertebrae: 70-75. This species is characterized by the following: fringed snout; average snout length 20.9% in HL; average bony interorbit distance 18.6% in HL; average lateral line length 91.5% in SL; average post orbital head length 20.7% in HL; average preanal distance 36.7% in SL; head and body color tan and without pattern; no white spot on symphyseal region of the snout (Ref. 91765).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 29 January 2013 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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