Physical characteristics: Stout beardfish reach a maximum length of about 20 inches (50 centimeters). They are dark bronze-gray on the back and silvery on the belly. The scales have rows of tiny teeth. The chin barbels are long and threadlike.
Geographic range: Stout beardfish live on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
Habitat: Stout beardfish live on gravel and sandy bottoms.
Scientists do not know how stout beardfish behave or reproduce. (Illustration by Bruce Worden. Reproduced by permission.)
Diet: Stout beardfish feed on crustaceans, squid, and small fishes.
Behavior and reproduction: Scientists do not know how stout beardfish behave or reproduce. Eggs have not been found.
Stout beardfish and people: Stout beardfish are marketed fresh and frozen.
Conservation status: Stout beardfish are not threatened or endangered. ■
FOR MORE INFORMATION
"Polymixia nobilis: Stout Beardfish." FishBase. http://www.fishbase.org/ Summary/SpeciesSummary.cfm?genusname=Polymixia&speciesname =nobilis (accessed on October 4, 2004).
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