Piedtip Cucumberfish, Paraulopus okamurai Sato & Nakabo 2002

A Piedtip Cucumberfish, Paraulopus okamurai, from the Tasman Sea. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

A cucumberfish with black-and-white-patterned dorsal and caudal fins, small brown blotches along the midside, a smaller brownish saddle behind the adipose fin, and a pale mouth.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Paraulopus okamurai in Fishes of Australia, accessed 21 Apr 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/3021

Piedtip Cucumberfish, Paraulopus okamurai Sato & Nakabo 2002

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Off Cape Moreton, Queensland, to off central New South Wales, and the Brittania Seamount, Taupo Seamount and Derwent-Hunter Guyot, in the Tasman Sea, and the Lord Howe Rise and the Norfolk Ridge in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in New Zealand.


Anal fin 9-11; Pectoral fin 16-17.

Species Citation

Paraulopus okamurai Sato & Nakabo 2002, Species Diversity 7: 396, Figs. 1B, 2 (B, E, H). Type locality: Three Kings Rise, north of New Zealand, 30°21'S, 173°03'E, depth 478 m.


Bray, D.J. 2017


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Piedtip Cucumberfish, Paraulopus okamurai Sato & Nakabo 2002


Gomon, M.F. 2015. 74 Family Paraulopidae, pp. 534-537, in Roberts, C.D., Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. (eds) 2015. The Fishes of New Zealand. Wellington : Te Papa Press Vol. 2 pp. 1-576.

Gomon, M.F. & Sato, T. 2004. A new cucumberfish (Paraulopidae) of the Paraulopus nigripinnis complex from central eastern Australia. Records of the Australian Museum 56(2): 195-199. PDF available Open access

Sato, T., Gomon, M.F. & Nakabo, T. 2010. Two new Australian species of the Paraulopus nigripinnis complex (Aulopiformes: Paraulopidae). Ichthyological Research 57(3): 254-262. PDF available 

Sato, T. & Nakabo, T. 2002. Two new species of Paraulopus (Osteichthyes: Alopiformes) from New Zealand and eastern Australia, and comparisons with P. nigripinnis. Species Diversity 7: 393-404.

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CAAB Code:37120014

Depth:235-480 m

Max Size:32 cm SL

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