Ephippion guttiferum

Author: Bennett, 1831

Ephippion guttiferum Bennett, 1831

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Ephippion guttifer (Bennett, 1831) (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: upper lateral line not reaching end of tail, curving down above anal and meeting lower lateral line. Bony plates on back. Sides with spines, also on throat and anterior part of abdomen in adults. One nostril on each side of snout, each with 2 flaps. Dorsal finrays 9-11; anal finrays 8-10; caudal fin truncate or slightly concave. Colour: brown above, with white round spots; paler or white below. Size: to 50 cm SL.

Habitat: muddy bottoms, at 10-100 m. Food: crabs, echinoids and molluscs. Reproduction: no data.

Distribution: south-western Mediterranean (southern Spain, Algeria, Morocco). Once reported from the Bay of Biscay. Elsewhere Atlantic from Morocco to Angola.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. No data.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.