Abyssal Whiptail, Coryphaenoides murrayi Günther 1878


Other Names: Abyssal Rattail, Large Fang Rattail, Roundhead Grenadier
Coryphaenoides-murrayi

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Abyssal Whiptail, Coryphaenoides murrayi Günther 1878

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Distribution

Worldwide; bathypelagic to 2500 metres, usually below 1000 m.

Features

D II, A; P 8-12; V 7-9; GR (inner) 9-11; BR; 6 PC 12.
Head smoothly rounded, compressed, without spiny ridges, fully covered with small, finely spinulated scales and pocked with large open sensory pores; snout not projecting; eye small. Mouth large, terminal, jaws with a single row of large canine teeth, those in jaw much larger; chin barbel absent. Abdomen short, distance from isthmus to anus less than half head length. Spinous ray of first dorsal fin with smooth leading edge; anal and pelvic fins far forward, poorly developed. Body scales small, adherent, with 1-3 small, bristly spinules; lateral-line canal developed only anteriorly, ending near origin of second dorsal fin. Anus within large periproct about midway between pelvic and anal fins; small fossa of light organ slightly in advance of line connecting ventral-fin bases; swimbladder absent;

Size

To 54 cm TL.

Colour

Colour overall black to swarthy.

Feeding

Preys on other fishes.

Biology

Angle of mouth gape is most often vertical in younger stages but becomes backwardly inclined with age; postlarvae and juveniles are boldly spotted.

Species Citation

Odontomacrurus murrayi Norman 1939, Sci. Repts. John Murray Exped. 7(1): 49, fig. 18, Arabian Sea.

Abyssal Whiptail, Coryphaenoides murrayi Günther 1878

References


Iwamoto, T. & Graham, K.J. 2001. Grenadiers (Families Bathygadidae and Macrouridae,  Gadiformes, Pisces) of New South Wales, Australia. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 52(21): 407-509, figs. 1-114.

Marshall, N.B. 1973. Odontomacrurus, pp. 534-537 In Cohen, D.M., J.W. Atz, F.H. Berry, J.E. Böhlke, R.H. gibbs, E.A. lachner, G.W. Mead & D. Merriman (eds.) Fishes of the Western North Atlantic. Mem. Sears Found. Mar. Res. Mem. 1(6), 698 pp.

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37232052

Biology:No light organ

Depth:790-1550 m

Feeding:Carnivore

Habitat:Bathydemersal

Max Size:370

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