Highfin Lizardfish, Bathysaurus mollis Günther 1878


A Highfin Lizardfish, Bathysaurus mollis, filmed by an ROV at a depth of 4400m on the Clipperton fracture zone in the Central Pacific, May 2017. Source: NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Mountains in the Deep: Exploring the Central Pacific Basin. License: Public Domain

Summary:
A pale deepwater lizardfish with a large adipose fin above the rear of the anal-fin base. Unlike this species, the Deepsea Lizardfish, Bathysaurus ferox, lacks an adipose fin.

Video of a Highfin Lizardfish, Bathysaurus mollis, swimming above the seafloor, filmed during the NOAA Okeanos 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas.

Video of a Highfin Lizardfish filmed by an Okeanos Explorer ROV in the Caribbean in 2015.

Video of a Highfin Lizardfish (about 47 seconds into the video) also filmed during the NOAA Okeanos 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Bathysaurus mollis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 24 Jun 2017, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/5326

Highfin Lizardfish, Bathysaurus mollis Günther 1878

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Distribution

Great Australian Bight, South Australia, and off New South Wales, depth 3930-4250 m. Elsewhere the species is bathydemersal on the continental rise and the abyss, mostly below 2,000 m. Larvae are pelagic in the upper oceanic midwaters.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2017

Highfin Lizardfish, Bathysaurus mollis Günther 1878

References


de Bruyne, G., Carpenter, K.E. & Smith-Vaniz, W.F. 2015. Bathysaurus mollis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T195001A15535158. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T195001A15535158.en. Downloaded on 12 May 2017.

Sulak, K.J. 1984. Synodontidae (including Macristiidae and Bathysauridae). In: P.J.P. Whitehead, M.-L. Bauchot, J.-C. Hureau, J. Nielsen and E. Tortonese (eds) Fishes of the North-eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean, pp. 405-411. UNESCO, Paris.

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37118031

Biology:Synchronous hermaphrodite

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1550-4903 m

Habitat:Bathydemersal, continental rise & abyss

Max Size:70 cm SL

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