Red Shortnose Seabat, Halicmetus ruber Alcock 1891


A Red Shortnose Seabat, Halicmetus ruber, from SW of Scott Reef, Western Australia, depth ~1020 m, NMV A 29720-004, 52 mm SL. Source: Dianne J. Bray / Museums Victoria. License: CC by Attribution

Summary:
A pale grey seabat with a dark peritoneum, and dark margins on the pectoral, pelvic and anal fins.

Cite this page as:
Bray, D.J. 2019, Halicmetus ruber in Fishes of Australia, accessed 17 Oct 2019, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/5478

Red Shortnose Seabat, Halicmetus ruber Alcock 1891

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Distribution

North Western Australia from north of North West Cape to off the North West Shelf, at depths of 440-1023 m. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Indo-west Pacific.

Features

Dorsal fin 0; Anal fin 4; Pectoral fin 12–13; Pelvic fin 5; Caudal fin 9.

Body strongly depressed, disc relatively narrow, subtriangular, 63–75% SL; orbit large, 8.8–10.5% SL; interorbital very narrow, 5.1–6.4% SL; illicial trough opening moderately high; mid-dorsal disc with small scattered bucklers, robust and multicuspid spinules and scattered tiny tubercles, the later imperceptible without magnification; belly covered with relatively widely spaced, robust, simple and bifurcate spinules, larger tubercles and bucklers absent; dorsal-fin rays absent in adult.

Size

Dorsal fin rays 0; anal fin rays 4; pectoral fin rays 12-13; pelvic fin rays 5; caudal fin ray 9. Body strongly depressed; disk subtriangular, wider than long; tail relative long; snout broad and rounded, without conical rostrum; face flatted and upturn, the mouth visible from dorsal view; illicial cavity small; esca a small flat lobe, ventral broader than dorsal, with fleshy fringe on dorsal edge; gill 2, gill filaments present on second and third branchial arches; tooth on vomer and palatine; dorsal fin absent; anal fin very short; 

Species Citation

Halicmetus ruber Alcock 1891, Annals and Magazine of Natural History (Series 6)8 (43/44): 27, Pl. 8 (figs. 1, 1a-b). Type locality: Andaman Sea, 11°31'40"N, 92°46'06"E, Investigator station 115, depth 188-220 fathoms.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2019

Red Shortnose Seabat, Halicmetus ruber Alcock 1891

References


Ho, H.-C. & Last, P.R. 2018. Review of the batfish genus Halicmetus Alcock, 1891 from Australian waters, with descriptions of two new species (Lophiiformes: Ogcocephalidae). Zootaxa 4508(2): 179-196. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4508.2.2

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37212022

Depth:440-1023 m

Max Size:9 cm SL

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