Lepidion eques

Author: (Günther, 1887)

Lepidion eques (Günther, 1887)

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Lepidion eques (Günther, 1887) (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: posterior nostril immediately anterior to eye. Orbit 2.6- 3.1 in head length. Second dorsal finrays 55-60; anal finrays 50-54. Lateralis system on head with pit organs but no pores. Pyloric caeca 8-13. Size: to 44 cm SL

Habitat: benthopelagic, caught between 127 and 1850 m, with smaller individuals at the shallowest depths; caught singly and also in aggregations of more than 100 individuals. Food: mainly crustaceans but also polychaetes. Reproduction: no data.

Distribution: Bay of Biscay, along the western slopes of the British Isles, west from the Faroes along the Iceland-Faroe Ridge to Iceland, Greenland, Davis Strait, northern Labrador, and the Grand Banks of Newfoundland.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. No data.
Otoliths (sagitta). Schmidt, 1968: pl. 2 (fig. 22) | Karrer, 1971: 163, fig. 5.