Brunswig's Cusk, Lamprogrammus brunswigi (Brauer 1906)

Brunswig's Cusk, Lamprogrammus brunswigi, filmed by an ROV in the central Pacific. Source: University of Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) Deep-sea Animal Identification Guide, HURL/HURLarchive/guide.php. License: CC by Attribution

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Brunswig's Cusk, Lamprogrammus brunswigi (Brauer 1906)

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Off Christmas Island in the Australian EEZ. Elsewhere the species is circumglobal on the continental slope (except the eastern Pacific).


The species was presumably named for H. Brunswig, the first officer aboard the research vessel Valdivia, during the expedition that collected the type specimen.

Species Citation

Bassobythites brunswigi Brauer 1906, Die Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse der Deutschen Tiefsee-Expedition auf dem Dampfer "Valdivia" 1898–1899 15(1): 307, pl. 14 (fig. 7). Type locality: Off northeastern coast of Africa [off Somalia, western Indian Ocean], 6°18'08"N, 49°32'05"E, depth 1079 m.


Bray, D.J. 2021


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Brunswig's Cusk, Lamprogrammus brunswigi (Brauer 1906)


Brauer, A. 1906. Die Tiefsee-Fische. 1. Systematischer Teil. Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse der Deutschen Tiefsee-Expedition auf dem Dampfer "Valdivia" 1898–1899 15(1): 1-432 figs 1-176 pls 1-18 See ref at BHL

Cohen, D.M., Hensley, D.A. & Kimmel III, J.J. 1991. The deepsea ophidiid fish genus Lamprogrammus, a senior synonym of Bassobythites, with notes on the synonymy and distribution of L. brunswigi. Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 38(2): 125-132

Cohen, D.M. & Rohr, B.A. 1993. Description of a giant circumglobal Lamprogrammus species (Pisces: Ophidiidae). Copeia 1993(2): 470-475

Fahay, M.P. & Nielsen, J.G. 2003. Ontogenetic evidence supporting a relationship between Brotulotaenia and Lamprogrammus (Ophidiiformes: Ophidiidae) based on the morphology of exterilium and rubaniform larvae. Ichthyological Research 50(3): 209-220.

Knudsen, S. 2015. Lamprogrammus brunswigi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T60471877A60799164. Downloaded on 21 August 2020.

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.

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.
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. (as Lamprogrammus macropterus) See ref at BHL

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CAAB Code:37228072

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:800-1600 m


Max Size:98 cm TL

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