Epigonus chilensis Okamoto, 2012
photo by Okamoto, M.

Family:  Epigonidae (Deepwater cardinalfishes)
Max. size:  17.44 cm SL (male/unsexed); 20.83 cm (female)
Environment:  bathydemersal; marine; depth range 315 - 340 m
Distribution:  Southeast Pacific: Off Chile.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 8-8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 8-10; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 9-9; Vertebrae: 25-25. This species is distinguished by these set of characters: presence of a pungent opercular spine; ribs on the last abdominal vertebra; no tooth on tongue; maxillary mustache-like process blunt; a minute tubercle present on symphysis of lower jaw; pelvic-fin base posterior than a vertical from origin of pectoral fin; gill rakers 8-9 + 20-21 = 29-30; vertebrae 11 + 14; total pored lateral-line scales 51-54 (hypural end 46-49 + caudal fin 4-6); D VII-I, 8-10 (mode 9 soft rays); pectoral-fin rays 16-17; pyloric caeca 6-8; body depth 26.6-31.7 % SL; orbital diameter 12.4-14.9 % SL; lower jaw length 12.8-14.3 % SL; postorbital length 13.4-14.5 % SL; and second anal-fin spine length 18.3-21.3 % SL (Ref. 91119).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 31.07.12

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