‏BREGMACEROTIDAE
Codlets

  Bregmaceros nectabanus
Whitley, 1941

Relevant synonyms
None

Misidentification
Bregmaceros atlanticus

Meristic formula
D1, 1; D2, 47-55; A, 45-53; P, 16-19; V, 7

 photo : D.Golani    

SHORT DESCRIPTION
Slender body becoming slightly compressed in its ventral part. Small head with blunt snout and large eye. Jaw reaching back to the vertical of centre of eye. A long ray on top of the head, slightly behind the eye. Dorsal fin long the first two rays small the next 7-8 are longest and then decreasing and becoming very small, the last 19-21 rays increasing in size. Anal fin originating below dorsal fin origin, its 3-9 rays are the longest and then decreacing in size, the last 20-23 rays increasing in length. Caudal fin forked. Pectoral fin short and pointed. Pelvic fin thoracic, very long and pointed.

color : Grey with light pigmentation on the back that often forms a delicate stripe.

size : Common 4-10 cm (max. 12 cm)

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
The single long ray on top of the head and the shape of the dorsal and anal fins and the long thoracic pelvic fin distinguish it from all Mediterranean species.

BIOLOGY / ECOLOGY
Unknown

 

1st MEDITERRANEAN RECORD
Turkey 2004 (Yilmaz et al 2004) as B. atlanticus. Note: The record from Italy by D'Ancona and Cavinato (1965) is questionable.


DISTRIBUTION
Worldwide : Wide Indo-Pacific distribution.

Mediterranean : Israel, Turkey and Greece (the record from Italy is questionable).

ESTABLISHMENT SUCCESS
Sustainable population in the Levant.

 


MODE OF INTRODUCTION
Via the Suez Canal


IMPORTANCE TO HUMANS
None


KEY REFERENCES

  • D'Ancona, U. and Cavinato, G. 1965. The fishes of the family Bregmacerotidae. Dana Report, no. 64. 91 pp.
  • Harold, A. and Golani, D, (2016). Occurrence of the Smallscale Coblet, Bregmaceros nectabanus in the Mediterranean Sea, previously misidentified as B. atlanticus in this region. Marine Biodiversity Records 9,71-77
  • Yilmaz, R., Bilecenoglu, M. and Hossucu, B. 2004. First record of the Antenna Cobdlet, Bregmacreros atlanticus Goode & Bean, 1886 (Osteichthyes: Bregmacerotidae), from the eastern Mediterranean. Zoology in the Middle East 31,111-112.

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Last update of the species sheet :
January 2017

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