Lycodes sagittarius

Author: McAllister, 1975

Lycodes sagittarius McAllister, 1975

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Lycodes sagittarius McAllister, 1976 (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: body fairly elongate, its depth 9-11% TL at anal origin, covered with scales up to nape and pelvic fins, also part of unpaired fins. Crests present on chin, anterior ends bevelled and not projecting. Pectoral fins 9-12% TL, with 16-17 finrays; pelvic fins long, about 4-5% TL; preanal distance 37-42% TL. Lateral line single, ventrolateral, i.e. decurved anteriorly, then continuing midlaterally at level of anus and with no branch along anal fin base. Vertebrae 104-109. Colour: uniformly dark brown, belly and lower part of head darker; mouth and gill cavity dark; peritoneum black. Size: to 28 cm.

Habitat: benthic on muddy bottoms at 357-600 m, with bottom temperatures below O °C and salinities nearly 35°/00. Food: polychaetes, molluscs (Yoldiella, Cylichna), crustaceans. Reproduction: eggs well developed in Alaskan specimens in early August.

Distribution: may enter north-eastern corner of Clofnam area (Barents Sea). Elsewhere, Beaufort and.Kara Seas, probably along slope of Siberian seas and Canada off Cape Bathurst (McAllister, Anderson and Hunter, 1981)