Western Blobfish, Psychrolutes occidentalis Fricke 1990

Other Names: Western Australian Sculpin

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Western Blobfish, Psychrolutes occidentalis Fricke 1990

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Off Shark Bay, to the Arafura Sea, northwest of Lynedoch Shoal, Northern Territory. The species also occurs off Papua New Guinea.


The specific name is from the Latin occidentalis (= western) in reference to it's distribution in Western Australia, west of the other Australian species of Psychrolutes, P. marcidus.

Species Citation

Psychrolutes (Cottunculoides) occidentalis Fricke 1990, Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 36(4): 404, fig. 1. Typelocality: about 35 km east of Rowley Shoals, Western Australia [17°17´S, 119°57´E].


Bray, D.J. 2021


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Western Blobfish, Psychrolutes occidentalis Fricke 1990


Fricke, R. 1990. A new species of psychrolutid fish from Western Australia. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 36(4): 404-409

Fricke, R., Allen, G.R., Andréfouët, S., Chen, W.-J., et al. 2014. Checklist of the marine and estuarine fishes of Madang District, Papua New Guinea, western Pacific Ocean, with 820 new records. Zootaxa 3832(1): 1-247.

Larson, H.K., Williams, R.S. & Hammer, M.P. 2013. An annotated checklist of the fishes of the Northern Territory, Australia. Zootaxa 3696(1): 1-293

Nelson, J.S. 1999. Family Psychrolutidae. pp. 2427-2428 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 pp. 2069-2790.

Russell, B.C. & Houston, W. 1989. Offshore fishes of the Arafura Sea. The Beagle, Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory 6(1): 69-84 (as Psychrolutes sp.)

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CAAB Code:37305002

Depth:305–704 m

Habitat:Demersal, continental slope

Max Size:11 cm SL

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