Lycodes lavalei

Author: Vladykov and Tremblay, 1936

Lycodes lavalei Vladykov and Tremblay, 1936

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Lycodes lavalaei Vladykov and Tremblay, 1936 (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: body fairly elongate, its depth 9-12% TL at anal origin, covered with scales as well as dorsal and anal fins (to 3/4 height of fins and up to fin margin posteriorly); belly, back and base of pectoral fins naked. Pectoral finrays 18-19 (20), its length 15-17% TL; preanal distance about 50% TL. Lateral line single, midlateral. Vertebrae 100-101. Colour: younger specimens with pale bar at nape and 8-9 wider, light cross-bars; adults brownish-grey with irregular black spots and reticulations. Size: to 55 cm.

Habitat: benthic on sandy and muddy bottoms at 25-200 m (550 m), with bottom temperatures of -1.2 to 3.1 °C. Food: bottom invertebrates and small fishes (Lycodes spp.). Reproduction: probably in autumn.

Distribution. Jan Mayen I. Elsewhere, Newfoundland to Labrador. Records not precise since often confused in the past with L. reticulatus.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Jensen, 1904b, pl. VIII (fig. Ib-c) (as L. reticulatus macrocephalus).
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.