Ghostly Grenadier, Coryphaenoides leptolepis Günther 1877

A Ghostly Grenadier, Coryphaenoides leptolepis, photographed on the Davidson Seamount off California at a depth of 3158 m. Source: NOAA/Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute / Wikimedia Commons. License: CC by Attribution

A pale deepwater grenadier with dark lips, mouth and gill cavity.

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Ghostly Grenadier, Coryphaenoides leptolepis Günther 1877

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Widespread on the continental slope and abyssal plain in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

Species Citation

Coryphaenoides leptolepis Günther 1877, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 4 20(56): 441. Type locality: off Pernambuco, coasts of Brazil, Challenger station 122, depth 350 fathoms.


Bray, D.J. 2017

Ghostly Grenadier, Coryphaenoides leptolepis Günther 1877


Günther, A. 1877. Preliminary notes on new fishes collected in Japan during the expedition of H.M.S. Challenger. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 4 20(56): 433-446

Iwamoto, T. 1990. Family Macrouridae. pp. 90-318 in Cohen, D.M., Inada, T., Iwamoto, T. & Scialabba, N. FAO Species Catalogue. Gadiform fishes of the world (order Gadiformes). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of cods, hakes, grenadiers and other gadiform fishes known to date. FAO Fisheries Synopsis No. 125. Rome : FAO Vol. 10 442 pp.

Iwamoto, T. 2015. Coryphaenoides leptolepis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T15522140A15603525. Downloaded on 30 May 2017.

Iwamoto, T. & Stein, D.L. 1974. A systematic review of the rattail fishes (Macrouridae: Gadiformes) from Oregon and adjacent waters. Occasional Papers California Academy of Sciences 111: 1-79.

Marshall, N.B. 1973. Fishes of the Western North Atlantic. Genus Malacocephalus Günther 1862. Memoirs of the Sears Foundation of Marine Research Memoir 1 (pt 6): 650-662.

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CAAB Code:37232135

Behaviour:610-4000m (3300-3500m AUS)

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern


Max Size:62 cm TL

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