Pseudoscopelus altipinnis Parr 1933

Pseudoscopelus altipinnis - E of Kiama, New South Wales, 3 November 1977, depth 550 m. Source: Ken J. Graham / NSW Fisheries. License: All rights reserved

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Pseudoscopelus altipinnis Parr 1933

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Off Sydney, New South Wales, and off western Victoria; tropical, subtropical, circumglobal.

Similar Species

The similar Pseudoscopelus paxtoni has very long premaxillary teeth, with the anterior teeth reaching to the opposite side of the closed mouth, vs. premaxillary teeth not  reaching to the opposite side of the closed mouth in P. altipinnis

Species Citation

Pseudoscopelus altipinnis Parr 1933, Bull. Bingham Oceanogr. Coll. 3(6): 41, fig. 1. Type locality: off Cat Island, Bahamas, 24°51'N, 76°28'W, 8,000 feet wire out. 

Pseudoscopelus altipinnis Parr 1933


Carpenter, K.E., Smith-Vaniz, W.F., de Bruyne, G. & de Morais, L. 2015. Pseudoscopelus altipinnis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T60483083A60786820. Downloaded on 12 December 2016.

Melo, M.R.S. 2010. A revision of the genus Pseudoscopelus Lütken (Chiasmodontidae: Acanthomorphata) with descriptions of three new species. Zootaxa 2710: 1-78.

Parr, A.E. 1933. Deepsea Berycomorphi and Percomorphi from the waters around the Bahama and Bermuda Islands. Bulletin of the Bingham Oceanographic Collection 3(6): 1-51.

Prokofiev, A. 2011. Swallowerfishes (Chiasmodontidae) from the Northwestern Part of the Pacific Ocean and Adjacent Waters. Journal of Ichthyology 51(9): 695-716. 

Prokofiev, A.M. and Kukuev, E.I. 2006. Preliminary Review of Linebellies of the Genus Pseudoscopelus from the Atlantic Ocean, with Remarks on the Species Composition of the Genus in the World’s Fauna (Perciformes: Chiasmodontidae): II. Journal of Ichthyology 46(2): 159–181.

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CAAB Code:37402006

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:30-2390 m

Habitat:Meso- to bathypelagic

Max Size:20 cm TL

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