Spotted Tinselfish, Xenolepidichthys dalgleishi Gilchrist 1922

A Spotted Tinselfish, Xenolepidichthys dalgleishi (length 75 mm SL), collected in July 2011 from the Caribbean Sea, depth 497-500m . Source: Sandra J. Raredon / Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Division of Fishes. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike

An extremely compressed silver tinselfish with a tiny upturned mouth and vertically elongate scales. Juveniles have a number of irregular spots on the sides, and an extremely elongate spine in the dorsal and anal fins.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Xenolepidichthys dalgleishi in Fishes of Australia, accessed 15 Jul 2024,

Spotted Tinselfish, Xenolepidichthys dalgleishi Gilchrist 1922

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NW of Perth to off Rowley Shoals, Western Australia, and ESE of Cape Tribulation, Queensland, to SE of Point Hicks, Victoria. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Atlantic and Indo-west Pacific oceans.


Of no interest to fisheries.


  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Not listed
  • Species Citation

    • Xenolepidichthys dalgleishi Gilchrist 1922, Report. Fisheries & Marine Biological Survey, Union of South Africa 2: 73, pl. 12(1). Type locality:  off Natal Coast, South Africa, 29°57'S, 31°14'E; 29°43'S, 31°22'E; 29°48'S, 31°22'E, depth 70-226 fathoms.


    Bray, D.J. 2018


    Australian Faunal Directory

    Spotted Tinselfish, Xenolepidichthys dalgleishi Gilchrist 1922


    Bray, D.J. & Roberts, C.D. 2015. 143 Family Grammicolepididae, pp. 1029-1032, in Roberts, C.D., Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. 2015. The Fishes of New Zealand. Wellington : Te Papa Press Vol. 3 pp. 577-1152.

    Gilchrist, J.D.F. 1922. Special report No. 3. Deep-sea fishes procured by the S.S.Pickle (Part 1). Report. Fisheries & Marine Biological Survey, Union of South Africa 2: 41-79 pls 7-12

    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.

    Grande, T.C, Borden, W.C., Wilson, M.V.H. & Scarpitta, L. 2018. Phylogenetic relationships among fishes in the Order Zeiformes based on molecular and morphological data. Copeia 106(1):20-48. 2018

    Heemstra, P.C. 1999. Families Parazenidae, Macrocyttidae, Zeidae, Grammicolepididae, Caproidae. pp. 2257-2261 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 4 2069-2790 pp.

    Tyler, J.C., O'Toole, B. & Winterbottom, R.W. 2003. Phylogeny of the genera and families of zeiform fishes, with comments on their relationships with tetraodontiforms and caproids. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 618: 1-110

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    CAAB Code:37265003

    Depth:250-805 m


    Max Size:15 cmTL

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