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Author: Müller, 1845

Ophidion rochei Muller, 1845

Diagnosis: long and slender body. Rostral spine short. Anterior gill arch with 4 elongate rakers. Colour: brownish dorsally, whitish ventrally; dorsal and anal fins black-edged. Size: to about 300 mm SL.

Habitat: benthic on continental shelf in tropical and temperate waters. Food: no data. Reproduction: oviparous.

Distribution: Mediterranean and Black Sea.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Bini, 1969, 7: 16.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.

Note. Ophidion rochei is very close to O. barbatum and differs only by the number of gillrakers.

Ophidion rochei