Bearded brotula

Order: 
Ophidiiformes
Family: 
Ophidiidae

Marine fish with regularly ossified skeleton. Body elongated, thinned towards the back. Dorsal, caudal and anal fins united formed a single fin. Pelvic fins transformed into a bifurcated filament. All fins with soft spokes. Large head and wide mouth, with three upper barbels of decreasing size backwards, and three barbels in the chin, of increasing size backwards. Rosy brown, lighter in belly; fins flanked by black. Up to 75 cm in length.

International Designations

Germany: 
Brotula, Mostelle
France: 
Brotule barbée
Italy: 
Brotula
Portugal: 
Abrótea
UK: 
Bearded brotula
Fishing gears: 
Trawls
FAO code: 
BRD
Scientific name: 
Brotula barbata
Type: 
White fish
Fishing areas: 
Area 31: the Western part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 41: the Southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 47: the Southeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Global production (Tons): 
1647