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Author: filamentosus Valenciennes, 1837

Callionymus (Calliurichthys) filamentosus Valenciennes, 1837

Diagnosis: eye in head 2.2-2.8. Preopercular spine formula 1 4-7/- 1 (see fig), strong antrorse point at base. Dl IV; D2 9; A 9. In males anterior dorsal spine and middle caudal rays filamentous. Colour: light brown, spotted and speckled darker; first dorsal mottled or striped black (or blue) and white. Size: to 18 cm, usually 10-11 cm.

Habitat: benthic, sandy bottoms from shallow waters to 100 m. Food. small bottom invertebrates, mainly crustaceans and worms. Reproduction: June July (Mediterranean); pelagic eggs and larvae.

Distribution: south-eastern Mediterranean, coasts of Lebanon and Israel (immigrant from Red Sea). Elsewhere, Indo-Pacific (Red Sea, south to Madagascar and Mauritius, east to New Guinea, the Philippines and China).

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

Callionymus filamentosus