Spearcheek Cusk, Monomitopus vitiazi (Nielsen 1971)

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Spearcheek Cusk, Monomitopus vitiazi (Nielsen 1971)

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West of Shark Bay and the North West Shelf, Western Australia. Elsewhere the species occurs in the east Indo-west Pacific.


Dorsal fin 92-96; Anal fin 76-82; Vertebrae 57-58.

Species Citation

Selachophidium vitiazi Nielsen 197, Archiv für Fischereiwissenschaft 22(1): 30, fig. 13. Type locality: off WA, eastern Indian Ocean, 834 m, 23°57´S, 112°14´E.


Bray, D.J. 2018


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Spearcheek Cusk, Monomitopus vitiazi (Nielsen 1971)


Carter, H. J. & Cohen, D.M. 1985. Monomitopus magnus, a new species of deep-sea fish (Ophidiidae) from the western North Atlantic. Bulletin of Marine Science 36(1): 86-95 

Cohen, D.M. & Nielsen, J.G. 1978. Guide to the identification of genera of the fish order Ophidiiformes with a tentative classification of the order. National Marine Fisheries Service (U.S.). Technical Report 417: 1-72 figs 1-103 

Nielsen, J.G. 1971. Ergebnisse der Forschungsreisen des FFS 'Walther Herwig' nach Südamerika. 16. Redescription of the genus Selachophidium (Pisces, Brotulidae) with two new species. Archiv für Fischereiwissenschaft 22(1): 17-33 

Nielsen, J.G., Cohen, D.M., Markle, D.F. & Robins, C.R. 1999. Ophidiiform Fishes of the World. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of pearlfishes, cusk-eels, brotulas and other ophidiiform species known to date. FAO Fisheries Synopsis No. 125 Vol. 18. 178 pp.

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CAAB Code:37228080

Depth:698-1023 m


Max Size:19.2 cm SL

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