Brosme brosme

Author: Ascanius, 1772

Brosme brosme Ascanius, 1772

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Brosme brosme (Ascanius, 1772) (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: dorsal finrays 93-103; anal finrays 62-75. Vertebrae 64-67. Colour: variable, brownish-grey, paler on belly, dorsal and anal fins with black band near margin edged with white. Size: to 40 cm SL, exceptionally over 100 cm.

Habitat: offshore, benthic, at 100-1,000 m, usually 100-400 m, on hard, rocky ground. Behaviour: sluggish, solitary or in small shoals. Food: molluscs, crustaceans. Reproduction: from May to July, in shallower waters, between 40-400 m, usually from 100 to 200 m.

Distribution: eastern North Atlantic from British Isles to western Barents Sea, Iceland, Skagerrak, Kattegat, also western North Atlantic.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Schmidt, 1905-1906, 1905: 1, pl. I (fig. 1-12) | Ehrenbaum, 1905-1909, 1909: 292, fig. 105.
Otoliths (sagitta). Schmidt, 1968: 19, pl. 3 (fig. 39), pl. 16.