Longear eelpout, Lycodes seminudus.
Longear Eelpout, Lycodes seminudus

This species can be separated from its relatives by the scales which are present only on its side, behind the pectoral fin tip. The longear eelpout also has small pelvic fins, an underslung mouth, a lack of pores around the mouth, a crest on its chin, and a single lateral line that runs along the middle of the body. Its tail is small, but otherwise the body shape is typical of most eelpouts: the head is heavily built with the eyes near the top of the head, the pectoral fins are large and fan-like, while the dorsal and anal fins run along most of the length of the body. The overall colour is light grey-brown with the belly darker than the rest of the body and there are usually 4 to 8 light bars on the upper flank and dorsal fin. This species does not grow larger than 52 cm.

The longear eelpout has been found in the Canadian Beaufort Sea, off Ellesmere Island, and in the North Atlantic. It also occurs in the Barents and Kara seas. Longear eelpouts have been caught at depths ranging from 335 to 610 m in temperature ranging from -0.6°C to 0.3°C. It prefers mud bottoms, where worms, crustaceans and fishes can be hunted. Reproduction occurs in June when 300 eggs are scattered over the bottom by a single female.