Striped Cusk Eel (Ophidion marginatum)

Striped Cusk Eel (Ophidion marginatum)

Also known as ... cusk eel,

Description ...

They are a elongated tapering fish with an eel-like appearance but can be distinguished from true eels by their ventral fins.  These are developed into a forked like barbel organ below the mouth in the cusk eels, contrasted by either missing entirely in true eels or very undeveloped.  Which act as sensory devices, searching out food as the fish swims along the bottom.  The rest of the fins, dorsal (top), anal (bottom) and caudal (tail) fins  are continuous along the body.   Striped Cusk-Eels only reach . . .

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