White Deepsea Cardinalfish, Epigonus denticulatus Dieuzeide 1950

Other Names: Bigeye, Pencil Cardinal, White Cardinal Fish, White Cardinalfish

A White Deepsea Cardinalfish, Epigonus denticulatus. Source: Ken J. Graham / NSW Fisheries. License: CC By Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

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White Deepsea Cardinalfish, Epigonus denticulatus Dieuzeide 1950

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Off Wooli, New South Wales, to SW of Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia; also the Lord Howe Rise and Norfolk Ridge. Elsewhere the species is widespread in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, as well as the Mediterranean Sea.


Feeds on a range of pelagic crustaceans including euphausiids, mysids and hyperiid amphipods, as well as on juvenile pelagic fishes.


The species may be taken as by-catch in commercial bottom trawls.

Species Citation

Epigonus denticulatus Dieuzeide 1950, Bulletin de la Station d'Aquiculture et de Pêche Castiglione 2: 89, figs 1-11, pl. 1. Type locality: Algerian Coast at 200–500 m.


Bray, D.J. 2017


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White Deepsea Cardinalfish, Epigonus denticulatus Dieuzeide 1950


Abramov, A.A. 1992. Species composition and distribution of Epigonus (Epigonidae) in the world ocean. Journal of Ichthyology 32(5): 94-108.

Blaber, S.J.M. & Bulman, C.M. 1987. Diets of fishes of the upper continental slope of eastern Tasmania: content, calorific values, dietary overlap and trophic relationships. Marine Biology 95: 345-356.

de Morais, L., Smith-Vaniz, W.F., Carpenter, K.E., de Bruyne, G., Goren, M., Pollard, D., Yokes, B. & Bizsel, K. 2015. Epigonus denticulatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T198652A15571151. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T198652A15571151.en. Downloaded on 21 November 2017.

Dieuzeide, R. 1950. Sur un Epigonus nouveau de la Méditerranée (Epigonus denticulatus, nov. sp.). Bulletin de la Station d'Aquiculture et de Pêche Castiglione 2: 89-105.

Gomon, M.F. 1994. Family Apogonidae. pp. 562-571 figs 499-506 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs. 

Gomon, M.F. 2008. Families Epigonidae, Howellidae and Sillaginidae. pp. 561-569 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. 

May, J.L. & Maxwell, J.G.H. 1986. Field Guide to Trawl Fish from Temperate Waters of Australia. Hobart : CSIRO Division of Marine Research 492 pp. 

Mayer, G.F. 1974. A revision of the cardinalfish genus Epigonus (Perciformes, Apogonidae), with descriptions of two new species. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard 146(3): 147-203 figs 1-22 

Okamoto, M. & Motomura, H. 2013. Two new species of deepwater cardinalfish from the Indo-Pacific, with a definition of the Epigonus pandionis group (Perciformes: Epigonidae). Ichthyological Research 60(4): 301-311.

Whitley, G.P. 1935. Studies in Ichthyology No. 9. Records of the Australian Museum 19(4): 215-250 figs 1-11 pl. 18 (paratype misidentified as Scepterias lenimen)

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CAAB Code:37327010

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:300-1005 m


Max weight:20 cm TL

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