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Author: Linnaeus, 1758

Ophidion barbatum Linnaeus, 1758

Diagnosis: Iong and slender body. Rostral spine long. Anterior gill arch with 5-6 elongate rakers. Dorsal finrays 125-140; anal finrays 115-120. Colour: yellowish- or pinkish- brown on back, whitish ventrally; dorsal and anal fins black-edged. Size: to about 250 mm SL.

Habitat: benthic from a few to 150 m. Food: no data. Reproduction:
oviparous.

Distribution: western Mediterranean, from Gibraltar to the Adriatic; also eastern Atlantic, from southern England to Morocco. Elsewhere, southward to Senegal.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Padoa, 1956: 759 | Varagnolo, 1964: 264, pl. 3 (fig. 12) | Bini, 1969, 7: 16.
Otoliths (sagitta). Sanz Echeverría, 1941: 350.

Snake blenny (Ophidion barbatum)