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Upon examination of these fishes, it was apparent that the "Spotted Cusk-eel" was not this species but was in fact a member of the genus Brotula and was identified specifically as B.
On 6 March 2003 a second specimen of Brotula was collected by the third author (WP), of the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, off the Palos Verdes Shelf, Los Angeles County, lat 33[degrees]41.
Both fish are typical Brotula clarkae and are easily differentiated from B.
The Pacific Bearded Brotula differs from other species of ophidiiform fishes known from California in having barbels present on the snout and chin (6 on snout and 6 on chin; characteristic of genus Brotula).
As the Pacific Bearded Brotula has planktonic larvae (Ambrose 1996) and adults were taken in southern California in 2001 and 2003, its dispersal from Baja California Sur or mainland Mexico to southern California may have occurred through larval drift and transport during the 1997-98 El Nino or perhaps during the warm regime of the early 90s preceding this event.
Brotukt flaviviridis, a new species of Brotula from Fiji (Teleostei: Ophidiidae: Brotulinae).