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Author: Zugmayer, 1911

Asquamiceps velaris Zugmayer, 1911

Diagnosis: body moderately elongate and compressed; head very large, almost half body length, the gill cover reaching back to cover base of pectoral fin; snout with sharp ridge down midline; eye large, its hind margin before midpoint of head; interorbital width 4.6-6.4% SL; tip of upper jaw not reaching beyond eye; gillrakers 45 + 1 + 9-12 = 15-18. Pyloric caeca 3-4. Dorsal finrays 16-17, pectoral fin fan-like, with 13-15 finrays, pelvic fin near to anal fin, with 5 finrays, anal finrays 16-17, its origin opposite dorsal fin. Lateral line indistinct; body scales barely im: bricate, pre-dorsal midline naked above pectoral fins. Colour: brownish. Size: to 17 cm.

Habitat: bathypelagic at about 1,300-3,660 m. Food: no data. Reproduction: no data.

Distribution: off Gibraltar (single specimen, the type). Elsewhere, eastern South Atlantic, eastern and western central Pacific and Indian Ocean, possibly circumglobal.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. No data.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.

Fanfin smooth-head (Asquamiceps velaris)