Centrodraco atrifilum Fricke 2010

Illustrations of the male holotype (top) and female paratype (below) of Centrodraco atrifilum. Source: R. Fricke / Staatliches Museum fur Naturkunde, Stuttgart via ALA. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

A rare deepwater dragonet with 12-13 anal-fin rays, 13-14 dorsal-fin rays, the second dorsal-fin spine elongate and filamentous in both sexes, no elongate filaments in the second dorsal fin of males. Males have three pairs of vertical dark brown streaks on the upper sides, a single saddle below the end of the second dorsal fin, and a saddle on the caudal peduncle.

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Dianne J. Bray, Centrodraco atrifilum in Fishes of Australia, accessed 26 Jan 2022, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/2719

Centrodraco atrifilum Fricke 2010

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Endemic to eastern Australia from off Brisbane, Queensland to off Sydney, New South Wales.


The specific name atrifilum  is from the Latin ater meaning 'black', and filum meaning 'thread' in reference to the black filament on the second spine of the first dorsal fin.

Species Citation

Centrodraco atrifilum Fricke 2010, Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde. Serie A (Biologie) 3: 342, figs 1-2. Type locality: off Brisbane, QLD [27°29'S 153°50'E]. 


Dianne J. Bray

Centrodraco atrifilum Fricke 2010


Fricke, R. 2010. Centrodraco atrifilum, a new deepwater dragonet species from eastern Australia (Teleostei: Draconettidae). Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde A, Neue Serie 3: 341-346.

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CAAB Code:37427054

Depth:328-640 m

Habitat:Bottom dweller

Max Size:34 cm SL


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