Lycenchelys sarsi

Author: (Collett, 1871)

Lycenchelys sarsi (Collett, 1871)

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Lycenchelys sarsii (Collett, 1871) (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: body elongate, its depth about 5-6% TL at anal origin, covered with scales, including bases of unpaired fins, but naked on breast and front part of belly. Dorsal fin origin over hind part of tip of pectoral fin; the latter about 7-9% SL; preanal distance about 27-31% SL. Lateral line ventral, posterior part indistinct. Vertebrae 125-126. Colour: upper parts dark, brownish, more or less separated from lighter lower parts; anal fin sometimes with faint brownish blotches; peritoneum black. Size: to 30 cm, usually 12-16 cm.

Habitat: benthic on muddy bottoms at 150-600 m, with temperatures of above O °C to 5-6 °C. Food: polychaetes, amphipods, isopods, cumaceans, copepods, small bivalves (Yoldiella, Propeamissium). Reproduction: no data.

Distribution: Scandinavian fjords from Skagerrak to Finmarken and Kola Bay. Elsewhere, Grand Banks off Newfoundland (44° 06' N, 49° 05' W—Leim and Scott, 1966) and south-western Greenland (Nielsen and Bertelsen, 1992).

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Collett, 1871: 62.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.