Lepophidium zophochir Robins, Robins & Brown, 2012
Sooty cusk-eel

Family:  Ophidiidae (Cusk-eels), subfamily: Ophidiinae
Max. size:  24.3 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 192 - 348 m
Distribution:  Western Atlantic: coast of northern South America from the Guianas to Trinidad and along the Caribbean coast of Venezuela and northern Colombia (off Barranquilla).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 130-139; Anal soft rays: 108-116; Vertebrae: 74-77. This species possesses a pigmented gut and distinguished by the following characters: D 130-139; 74-77 total vertebrae; average body depth, 10.6% in SL; origin of dorsal fin, 11.4% in SL; origin of anal fin, 10.5% in SL; average long pelvic ray length, 8.8% in SL; pectoral fin length, 8.8% in SL; head and body with no pattern of spots, bars, or blotches (Ref. 91765).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 29 January 2013 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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