Berry's Whiptail, Mesovagus berryi Hubbs & Iwamoto 1977

Other Names: Berry's Grenadier

An illustration of Mesovagus berryi (formerly Mesobius berryi). Source: Mesobius-berryi. License:

This species was previously known as Mesobius berryi (Nakayama & Endo 2016).

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Bray, D.J. 2023, Mesovagus berryi in Fishes of Australia, accessed 17 Jun 2024,

Berry's Whiptail, Mesovagus berryi Hubbs & Iwamoto 1977

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West of Cape Freycinet, Wos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island regions in the eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Atlantic, and Indian to northeast Pacific oceans.


The species is named for Frederick H. Berry, formerly of the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, who first collected the species, brought it to the attention of the senior author.

Species Citation

Mesobius berryi Hubbs & Iwamoto 1977, Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 41(7): 236, figs 1-8, 10A. Type locality: Mid-equatorial Pacific, 0°03.8'-07'N, 154°56'W, depth 0-1280 m.


Bray, D.J. 2023


Australian Faunal Directory

Berry's Whiptail, Mesovagus berryi Hubbs & Iwamoto 1977


Fischer, W., Krupp, F., Schneider, W., Sommer, C., Carpenter, K.E. & Niem V.H. 1995. Guía FAO para la Identificación de Especies para los Fines de la Pesca Pacífico centro-oriental Volumen II. Vertebrados - Parte 1. Rome : Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación Vol. 2 pp. 647-1200. 

Hubbs, C.L. & Iwamoto, T. 1977. A new genus (Mesobius), and three new bathypelagic species of Macrouridae (Pisces, Gadiformes) from the Pacific Ocean. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 41(7): 233-251 figs 1-11 See ref at BHL

Iwamoto, T. 2015. Mesobius berryi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T60481655A60792161. Accessed on 01 June 2023.

Iwamoto, T. & McMillan, P.J. 2008. Family Macrouridae. pp. 320-347 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. 

Iwamoto, T. & Williams, A. 1999. Grenadiers (Pisces, Gadiformes) from the continental slope of western and northwestern Australia. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 51(3): 105-243 figs 1-58 See ref at BHL

Nakayama, N. & Endo, H. 2016. Mesovagus, a replacement name for the grenadier genus Mesobius Hubbs and Iwamoto 1977 (Actinopterygii: Gadiformes: Macrouridae), a junior homonym of Mesobius Chamberlin 1951 (Chilopoda: Lithobiomorpha: Lithobiidae). Ichthyological Research 51(3): 105-243 figs 1-58

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CAAB Code:37232065


Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:1225-2700 m

Habitat:Meso-, bathy- and bethopelagic

Max Size:40 cm TL

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