Trachonurus villosus

Author: (Günther, 1877)

Trachonurus villosus (Günther, 1877)

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Trachonurus villosus (Günther, 1877) (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: body fairly slender, fairly compressed, tapering evenly to a long and pointed tail. Snout short, bluntly acute; mouth subterminal, small, upper jaw about one-third head length, teeth small and conical in bands in both jaws; chin barbel less than eye diameter; gillrakers 5-6; branchiostegal rays 7. First dorsal fin with 9-11 finrays, the second finray smooth; second dorsal fin beginning behind vertical from anal fin origin, the finrays short; pectoral fin with 15-17 finrays; pelvic fin with 7 finrays, inserted behind pectoral-base and about below dorsal fin origin. Scales with relatively few erect spinules, giving a bristly appearance; head fully scaled, including gular and branchiostegal membranes. Pyloric caeca (no data). Anus surrounded by a band of black naked skin which extends back to anal fin origin and forward to between pelvic fin bases. Colour: generally dark brown to black. Size: to at least 45 cm TL.

Habitat: benthopelagic at 514-1,590 m. Food: no data. Reproduction: no data.

Distribution: the Azores, Madeira and off Morocco. Elsewhere, western Atlantic (Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean) and Pacific (Indonesia, Philip pines, off Japan, Hawaii).

Eggs, larvae and young stages. No data.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.