Ogocephalus corniger Bradbury, 1980.
OTHER COMMON NAMES
Most batfishes are dorsoventrally flattened. They have only a single, very short dorsal fin spine (the illicium), although the vestige of the second spine may be present but embedded. The illicium usually is contained within a deeply concave illicial cavity, and it typically extends forward and downward rather than forward and upward, as in most other anglerfishes. The skin is covered with prominent, tubercle-like scales, which may be very large and conical (bucklers) in some genera. The scales fuse at the anterior end of the snout, forming a moderate to greatly elongated rostrum. The mouth is relatively small compared with other anglerfishes and has small teeth. The longnose batfish has a long, slender rostrum at the end of a triangular head and dark bands of pigment on the distal portions of the pectoral and caudal fins. The overall body color is dark brown or gray, with small, pale spots uniformly distributed on the dorsal surface.
The longnose batfish inhabits the western Atlantic from Cape Lookout, North Carolina, south to the Yucatan Peninsula, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. It has been taken at depths ranging from 95 ft (29 m) to 755 ft (230 m).
All batfishes are benthic, occurring on a wide variety of bottom types.
FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET
Batfishes feed using aggressive mimicry, as do most anglerfishes; however, they are unusual among anglerfishes in that a greater proportion of their diet seems to be small, benthic invertebrates.
SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS
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