Body ovate, oblong, compressed with a deeply forked caudal fin. Eyes very large; eye diameter at least 1.5 times than snout and encircled by orbital crests. Supra and suborbital crests also present. Mouth large, oblique, with villiform teeth in bands on jaws, vomer and palatines. Two supramaxillae. Dorsal fin shorter than anal, their bases overlapped along the body length for a distance shorter than half dorsal fin basis. Scales finely ctenoid; their inner surface bears a small deciduous disk at rear edge.
bright red with golden shades.
common 25-35 cm (max. 55 cm) and 4 Kg.
Beryx decadactylus: body distinctly rounder and deeper (2.0 - 2.25 times in SL, versus 2.5 - 2.8 in B. splendens). Anal fin origin below middle of dorsal fin base (posteriorly located in B. splendens).
BIOLOGY / ECOLOGY
Feeds mainly on fish and crustaceans. Slow growth and life span of 20 years or more.
deep waters (200 - 1000 m) on hard substrate of the continental slope.