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Dibranchus atlanticus

Diagnosis: Body depressed; ventral surface markedly flattened, completely covered with scales. Disc length 1.8-2.5 times in SL, disc width 1.3-1.8 times in SL; head length 1.7-2.0 times in SL. Pectoral fin lobe seperated from tail. A strong multifid subopercular spine on either side. Villiform teeth present on jaws and tongue, absent on vomer and palatine. Lateral line organs on ventral ssurface of tail. Main lateral pores 11-12, subopercular series 10-11mandibular series 9. Colour: uniform reddish gray above, slightly lighter below. Size: to 145 mm SL.

Habitat: benthic at depths between 300 and 1100 m, rarely shoaler than 100 m. Juveniles are probably mesopelagic.

Distribution: Eastern North Atlantic, two records from North-Western Ireland (56° N 9°20' W) (55°30' N 9° W) (Du Buit & Quero, 1992; Quero et al, 1993

Atlantic Batfish (Dibranchus atlanticus)