Alepocephalus rostratus Risso, 1820
Risso's smooth-head
photo by Wirtz, P.

 Family:  Alepocephalidae (Slickheads)
 Max. size:  50 cm SL (male/unsexed); max. reported age: 23 years
 Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 300 - 2250 m
 Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: northeast Atlantic and western Mediterranean to Cape Verde (Ref. 4736); Morocco to Cameroon, then from Angola to Namibia (Ref. 4460).
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 16-20; Anal spines: 17-20
 Biology:  Found over soft bottoms (Ref. 4736). Feeds on pelagic crustaceans like euphausiids, decapods and mysids (Ref. 27637).
 IUCN Red List Status:   (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 14.02.92
 Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 13.01.16
 Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 05.05.94

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