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Author: Günther, 1867

Antonogadus macrophthalmus Günther, 1867

Diagnosis: a small deepwater three-bearded rockling. Eye moderately large, greater than inter-orbital width. Gape very large, always more than half head length and reaching beyond level of orbit; anterior teeth in upper jaw fang-like. Second dorsal fin with 53-59 finrays, its origin at 32.4-35.3% of SL; anal finrays 45-50. Vertebrae 45-46. Colour: back mottled with medium brown, flanks reddish becoming pink ventrally. Size: to 10 cm SL.

Habitat: benthic, possibly bathypelagic, over mud and grey sand bottoms, always well offshore. Food: galatheid and crangonid crustaceans. Reproduction: perhaps in early spring; pelagic early juveniles caught in June over 130 m.

Distribution: Faroe-Shetland Channel south to Bay of Biscay along lower continental shelf.

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

Bigeye rockling (Antonogadus macrophthalmus)