Many-ray Cusk, Microbrotula bentleyi Anderson 2005

Illustration of a Many-ray Cusk, Microbrotula bentleyi. Source: E. Heemstra, South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB), License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Microbrotula bentleyi in Fishes of Australia, accessed 15 Aug 2020,

Many-ray Cusk, Microbrotula bentleyi Anderson 2005

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Northern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical west Pacific.


Dorsal fin 61-70; Anal fin 50-57; Pectoral fin 15-17; Caudal fin 7-8; Vertebrae: 11-12+33-35=44-47. 
Anterior dorsal fin ray above vertebra number 7-8, anterior anal fin ray below dorsal fin ray number 12-16, anterior anal fin ray below vertebra 13-16; small forward-curved spine at lower angle of preopercle, hidden by skin; fleshy interorbital width 4.5-7.0% SL; palatine teeth papillae-like or absent.


The species is named in honour of Andrew Charles Bentley (Port Elizabeth, South Africa, now Collection Manager, University of Kansas Biodiversity Institute & Natural History Museum), for his enthusiasm and help in the development of a program on western Indian Ocean fishes, and for collecting the type of this species.

Species Citation

Microbrotula bentleyi Anderson 2005, Zootaxa 1006: 35, fig. 1. Type locality: Aliwal Shoal at Eelskin, South Africa [30°15.0'S, 30°49.0'E]. 


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Many-ray Cusk, Microbrotula bentleyi Anderson 2005


Allen, G.R. & Erdmann, M.V. 2012. Reef fishes of the East Indies. Perth : Tropical Reef Research 3 vols, 1260 pp. 

Anderson, M.E. 2005. Three new species of Microbrotula (Teleostei: Ophidiiformes; Bythitidae) from the Indo-West Pacific. Zootaxa 1006: 33-42 

Anderson, M. E. 2007. Two new Microbrotula (Teleostei : Ophidiiformes : Bythitidae) from the southwestern Pacific Ocean, with a revised key to the species. Species Diversity 12(1): 1-8

Schwarzhans, W. & Nielsen, J. G. 2011. Revision of the genus Microbrotula (Teleostei: Bythitidae), with description of two new species and a related new genus. The Beagle, Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory 27: 147-160

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CAAB Code:37228087

Depth:0-55 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:4.1 cm SL

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