Garman's Cusk, Monomitopus garmani (Smith & Radcliffe 1913)

Illustration of the holotype of Garman's Cusk, Monomitopus garmani. Source: Pl. 10 (fig. 1) from Smith & Radcliffe, in Radcliffe (1913) Proc. U.S. Natl Mus. 44(1948) / Biodiversity Heritage Library. License: CC by Attribution

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Garman's Cusk, Monomitopus garmani (Smith & Radcliffe 1913)

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Queensland Plateau (17°27-30'S). Elsewhere the species is known from Known from Indonesia to New Caledonia at depths of 822-1220 m


Dorsal fin 92-96; Anal fin 76-82; Caudal fin 7-8; Pectoral fin 29-32; Precaudal vertebrae 12, total vertebrae 57-58; Gill rakers (anterior first arch) long, slender 15-18 (not including 3-4 relatively long, robust rakers on dorsal branch); Pseudobranchial filaments 2; anterior dorsal fin-ray above vertebra no. 5-6; anterior anal fin-ray below dorsal fin-ray 16-19 and below vertebra no. 15. 
Head 20.5-22.5 % and horizontal eye diameter 4.3-5.0 % SL.

Species Citation

Monomeropus garmani Smith & Radcliffe in Radcliffe 1913, Proc. U.S. Natl Mus. 44(1948): 151, pl. 10(1). Type locality: Gulf of Tomini, Sulawesi, Indonesia, 678 fathoms. [0°36'00"S, 122°01'00"E]. 


Bray, D.J. 2018


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Garman's Cusk, Monomitopus garmani (Smith & Radcliffe 1913)


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Smith, H.M. & Radcliffe, L. in Radcliffe, L. 1913. Descriptions of seven new genera and thirty-one new species of fishes of the families Brotulidae and Carapidae from the Philippine Islands and the Dutch East Indies. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 44(1948): 135-176 pls 7-17

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CAAB Code:37228078

Depth:822–1220 m

Max Size:19.2 cm SL

Max Size:Benthopelagic

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