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Author: Gilbert, 1890

Narcetes stomias Gilbert, 1890

Diagnosis: snout pointed, larger than eye, which is before midpoint of head; upper jaw long, reaching about an eye diameter behind eye; teeth on premaxilla and lower jaw in more than one series, especially near front, but no teeth at tip of lower jaw; gillrakers 3-5 + 1 + 10-14 = 14-19; branchiostegal rays 8-9. Pyloric caeca 8-11. Dorsal fin moderately far back on body, with 18-20 finrays; pectoral fins with 9-11 finrays; pelvic fins with 8-9 finrays (plus a splint bone); anal fin origin behind dorsal fin origin, with 14-17 finrays. Vertebrae 25-28 + 21-23 = 47-50. Colour: blackish, with smooth tough black skin on head. Size: to at least 53 cm.

Habitat: engybenthic at 1,500-2,300 m. Food: no data. Reproduction: ovarian eggs large (to 4.0 mm in diameter).

Distribution: from slopes off Morocco northward to south-west of the British Isles. Elsewhere, western North Atlantic, from off New England southward to the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

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

Blackhead salmon (Narcetes stomias)