Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Ophidiiformes
(Cusk eels) > Dinematichthyidae
Etymology: Ogilbia: Taken from Ogilby, 1887-1915, icthiologist and zoologist (Ref. 45335); suarezae: Named for Dr. Susan S. Suarez, Cornell University. More on authors: Møller, Schwarzhans & Nielsen.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range - 10 m (Ref. 57883), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Western Atlantic: widely distributed from the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. Appears to have a disjunct distribution: southernmost tip of the Yucatan Peninsula to Belize along the shores of Central America to Panama, and from off southernmost Florida to Haiti, Puerto Rico, Bahamas and the Antilles as far south as Dominica; so far, not known off Cuba, the Cayman Islands, Venezuela or Trinidad and Tobago.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 57883)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 48 - 63;
Vertebrae: 39 - 44. This species is distinguished by the following: Vertebrae 11-12 + 28-33 = 39-44, dorsal fin rays 66-82, anal fin rays 48-63; outer pseudoclasper a small triangular flap; inner pseudoclasper as long as or longer than the outer pseudoclasper, with narrow base and broad tip, penis tapering; opercular spine with single, sharp tip; scale patch on cheeks with 5-7 vertical scale rows; otolith length: height ratio 2.0-2.1, sulcus axis slightly inclined against otolith axis (Ref. 57883).
Inhabits rocky and coral reefs. A 44 mm SL female specimen (USNM 347360) contained 75 embryos, 5 mm TL, with about 8 small spots along dorsal fin base and about 6 elongate marks midlaterally; no eggs (Ref. 57883).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Møller, P.R., W. Schwarzhans and J.G. Nielsen, 2005. Review of the American Dinematichthyini (Teleostei: Bythitidae). Part II. Ogilbia. aqua, J. Ichthyol. Aquat. Biol. 10(4):133-207. (Ref. 57883)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
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Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 26.4 - 28.2, mean 27.4 °C (based on 469 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .