Largeye lepidion, Lepidion eques.
Largeye Lepidion, Lepidion eques

The largeye lepidion can be separated from its Atlantic relative by its lack of a flattened snout and by the presence of a small scaleless patch on its belly in front of the anus. It also has some teeth on the vomer bone of the upper mouth and 7–8 pelvic fin rays, with the third being the longest. The dorsal fin is split into two. The first section consists of 5 rays, the first of which is quite long and threadlike. The second section is much larger, with 50–60 spiny rays, and runs the length of the back. Its caudal fin is small and forked, while the anal fin, which is slightly indented, begins approximately halfway down the belly and ends at the caudal peduncle. A short chin barbel is present and the overall body colour is pale. Individuals rarely grow beyond 44 cm in length.

This species is found off both Greenland and off Canada in Davis Strait, south to the Grand Banks. It prefers cold, deep water and has been caught at depths ranging from 127–1880 m. Some biological information is available despite the rarity of this species. Analysis of stomach contents have revealed that this lepidion consumes free-swimming shrimps and worms, although it is considered a bottom feeder. Females begin to mature at 22–23 cm and can carry over 100,000 eggs. Near Iceland, spawning takes place in water temperatures ranging from 5.2°C to 6.5°C.