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Author: Lowe, 1843

Antigonia capros Lowe, 1843

Diagnosis: body very deep, almost rhomboidal, strongly compressed, its depth less than one and a quarter times in SL. Eye large, snout shorter than eye, head profile concave over eye but convex behind it; mouth moderately protractile. Pectoral fins rounded, pelvic fins behind pectoral base, with I + 5 finrays (reaching beyond anal fin spines), dorsal fin with VII-VIII + 32-36 finrays, the spines long and strong; anal fin with III + 31-34 finrays, the spines stout and short; third dorsal and first anal spines distinctly longer than others. Body covered with small, rough (ctenoid) scales. Colour: body reddish or pink. Size: to 30 cm SL, usually 6-15 cm.

Habitat: close to bottom at 60-600 m, mainly at 100-300 m, juveniles in midwater; gregarious. Food: molluscs, gastropods, cephalopods (tropical parts of eastern Atlantic at 9° N). Reproduction: during summer (tropical parts of eastern Atlantic).

Distribution: Madeira, the Azores. Elsewhere, southward from Cape Blanc to Congo estuary, also tropical parts of western Atlantic; (?) also Indo-Pacific region.

Complementary iconography. No data.
Eggs, larvae and young stages. Nakahara, 1962: 485-486, fig. 1-2 (postlarvae).
Otoliths (sagitta). Stinton, 1967: 1-5, pl. 1 (fig. 1a-b, 2a-b), pl. 2 (fig. 1) | Schmidt, 1968: 26, pl. 5 (fig. 60), pl. 18.

Deep-bodied boarfish (Antigonia capros)