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Author: Reinhardt, 1837

Lycodes seminudus Reinhardt, 1837

Diagnosis: body fairly elongate, its depth 9-11% TL at anal origin, rather densely covered with scales which wedge out to level of anus or pectoral fin tip. Lobe of lower lip weakly developed, narrow; crests on chin bevelled anteriorly, not projecting; an elongate lobe at upper angle of operculum. Pectoral fin 10-12% TL, with (19) 20-21 (22) finrays; preanal distance 48-52% TL. Lateral line single, midlateral. Vertebrae 96. Colour: uniformly or mostly dark, with 5-8 short, light cross-bands; band across nape, if present, straight, not curved forward; peritoneum dark, with dense brownish-black dots. Size: to 52 cm, usually 30-40 cm.

Habitat. benthic on muddy bottoms at (130) 200-600 (1400) m, with bottom temperatures always below 0°C and salinities at least 34.5°/oo. Food: crustaceans (Pandulus) and fishes. Reproduction: ripe females recorded in June; eggs demersal, about 300, 8.2 mm diameter.

Distribution: eastern central Greenland south-east to just north of the Faroes, Jan Mayen I., around Spitsbergen and in northern parts of Barents Sea. Elsewhere, Kara Sea, Beaufort Sea (McAllister, 1975) and nortern coast of Greenland (Nielsen, Bertelsen, 1992)

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Jensen, 1952: 19-20.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.

Lycodes seminudus