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Bearded brotula

Order Ophidiiformes
Family Ophidiidae

Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. Body elongated, thinned towards the back. Dorsal, caudal and anal fins united formed a single fin. Pelvic fins transformed into a bifurcated filament. All fins with soft spokes. Large head and wide mouth, with three upper barbels of decreasing size backwards, and three barbels in the chin, of increasing size backwards. Rosy brown, lighter in belly; fins flanked by black. Up to 75 cm in length.

FAO code
Brotula barbata
White fish
FAO Fishing Areas
  • Area 31: the Western part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 41: the Southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
  • Area 47: the Southeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
International denominations
Germany Brotula, Mostelle
France Brotule barbée
Italy Brotula
Portugal Abrótea
United Kingdom Bearded brotula
Fishing areas
Fishing arts

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