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Author: (Roule, 1916)

Pachycara crassiceps (Roule, 1916)

Diagnosis: body fairly elongate, its depth 11-14 %TL (11.7-13.6 %SL) at anal origin, covered with scales up to pelvic fins and nape and on bases of all fins. Head very small, 13-14 %TL (12.6-14.5 %SL). Palatine teeth not retrorse, in double row at least anteriorly, in all. Pectoral finrays 17-19, fin length 10.7-13,3 %SL. Pelvic fins present. Preanal distance 36-41 %TL (38.1-43.7 %SL). Lateral line double, with ventral and midlateral branches. Vertebrae 111-118 (precaudal 27-30). Colour: uniformly black or dark chocolate brown. Eye blue. Abdomen wlth bluish tinge in juveniles, black in adults; orobranchial cavity and peritoneum black. Size: to 54 cm (Anderson, 1989).

Habitat: benthic on muddy bottoms at 652-2,191 m. Food: sipunculids, polychaetes. Reproductions: no data

Distribution. Eastern Atlantic Ocean from southwest of Ireland (Porcupine Sea Bight) to off South Africa (off Cape of Good Hope, 34° 54' 9" S, 18° 12' l" E) (Anderson, 1989)

Pachycara crassiceps