Berndt's Beardfish, Polymixia berndti Gilbert 1905

Other Names: Beardfish, Berndt's Barbudo Fish, Deepsea Moi, Pacific Beardfish

Berndt's Beardfish, Polymixia berndti. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A dusky greenish beardfish becoming silvery below, with a dusky caudal fin.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Polymixia berndti in Fishes of Australia, accessed 19 May 2024,

Berndt's Beardfish, Polymixia berndti Gilbert 1905

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Northwest Shelf,Western Australia, and off Raine Island, Queensland, to off about Byron Bay, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west-central Pacific. Inhabits sandy and muddy areas.


Dorsal fin IV-V, 28-31; Anal fin IV, 14-16.

Species Citation

Polymixia berndti Gilbert 1905, Bull. U. S. Fish Comm. 23(2): 616, pl. 78. Type locality: Honolulu market, Oahu Island, Hawaiian Islands. 


Bray, D.J. 2017


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Berndt's Beardfish, Polymixia berndti Gilbert 1905


Gilbert, C.H. 1905. The deep-sea fishes. In, Jordan, D.S. & Evermann, B.W. The aquatic resources of the Hawaiian Islands. Bulletin of the United States Fish Commission 23(2): 575-713 figs 230-276 pls 66-101 

Gloerfelt-Tarp, T. & Kailola, P.J. 1984. Trawled Fishes of Southern Indonesia and Northwest Australia. Jakarta : Dir. Gen. Fish. (Indonesia), German Tech. Coop., Aust. Dev. Ass. Bur. 406 pp. 

Kotlyar, A.N. 1992. A new species of the genus Polymixia from the submarine Kyushu-Palau Ridge, and notes on other representatives of the genus (Polymixiidae, Beryciformes). Journal of Ichthyology 1993, 33(3): 30–49

Randall, J.E., Allen, G.R. & Steene, R. 1997. Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. Bathurst : Crawford House Press 557 pp. figs.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37253001

Depth:100–585 m

Habitat:Sandy, muddy areas

Max Size:47.5 cm SL

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