Twospot Cusk, Neobythites bimaculatus Nielsen 1997

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A cusk eel with two ocelli on the middle third of the dorsal fin.

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Bray, D.J., 2016, Neobythites bimaculatus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 17 Jun 2024,

Twospot Cusk, Neobythites bimaculatus Nielsen 1997

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Off the North West Shelf, Western Australia, SSW of Cartier Island, Timor Sea, and east of Cape York, Queensland. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, east-Indo-west Pacific (South China Sea, Fiji, New Caledonia).


Dorsal fin 100-105; Anal fin 86-92; Vertebrae 61-62; Gill rakers 10-12 long rakers,
Two spines on hind margin of preoperculum, six small pseudobranchial filaments.

Species Citation

Neobythites bimaculatus Nielsen 1997, Mém. Mus. Natl d'Hist. Nat.. Paris 174: 62, figs 11a, b. Type locality: New Caledonia, 22°09'S, 167°12.2' E, depth 470-480 m.


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Twospot Cusk, Neobythites bimaculatus Nielsen 1997


Fricke, R., Kulbicki, M. & Wantiez, L. 2011. Checklist of the fishes of New Caledonia, and their distribution in the Southwest Pacific Ocean (Pisces). Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde. Serie A (Biologie) Neue Serie 4: 341-463

Nielsen, J.G. 1997. Deepwater ophidiiform fishes from off New Caledonia with six new species. In, Séret, B. (ed.) Résultats des Campagnes MUSORSTOM, 17. Mémoires du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle. Paris 174: 51-82.

Nielsen, J.G. 2002. Revision of the Indo-Pacific species of Neobythites (Teleostei, Ophidiidae), with 15 new species. Galathea Report 19: 5-104 91 figs

Nielsen, J.G. 2010. Neobythites bimaculatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T155184A4738736. Downloaded on 12 December 2016.

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.

Nielsen. J.G. 1999. Families Carapidae, Ophidiidae, Bythitidae, Aphionidae. pp. 1978-1985 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds) The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 3 pp. 1397-2068.

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CAAB Code:37228056

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:242–500 m

Max Size:17 cm SL

Max Size:Benthopelagic

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