Lophius budegassa

Author: Spinola, 1807

Lophius budegassa Spinola, 1807

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Lophius budegassa Spinola, 1807 (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: dorsal finrays Vl + 9 10; esca (fleshy appendage at end of first dorsal spine) simple pennant-like flap; third cephalic dorsal spine short(7.8 12.4%SL); length of fourth dorsal spine approximately equal to snout width; anal finrays 8-9. Peritoneum dark. Size: to 1 m, usually 35 cm SL.

Habitat: benthic, from shallow, inshore waters to 500 m. Food: nekton, mainly fishes. Reproduction: no data.

Distribution: Mediterranean and eastern North Atlantic from British Isles to Senegal.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. No data (but some of those given for L. piscatorius may belong here).
Otoliths (sagitta). Chaine and Duvergier, 1934: 246-251, pl. XIII (lower part) | Schmidt, 1968: 641, pl. 13 (fig. 183), 25.