Whitson's Grenadier, Macrourus whitsoni (Regan 1913)

Illustration of the holotype of Whitson's Grenadier, Macrourus whitsoni. Source: Pl. 2 (fig. 2) in Regan (1913) Trans. Roy. Soc. Edinburgh 49(2/2) / Wikimedia Commons. License: Public Domain

A large dark brown to greyish-brown grenadier with blackish fins and lips. Whitsons's Grenadier occurs in Australia's Antarctic/subantarctic waters.

Cite this page as:
Bray, D.J. 2017, Macrourus whitsoni in Fishes of Australia, accessed 19 Apr 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/4868

Whitson's Grenadier, Macrourus whitsoni (Regan 1913)

More Info


Off Wilkes Land, Australian Antarctic Territory. Elsewhere the species is most likely widespread in the Southern Ocean.


Dorsal fin II, 124-125; Anal fin 110; Pelvic fin 9-10; Pyloric caeca 15–26. 
Underside of head mostly scaled, except for scaleless areas anterior to mouth and on anterior third of lower jaw. Lower jaw with a single row (sometimes 2 rows at tip) of long, slender, spaced (about a tooth-length) teeth. Upper jaw with 3–5 rows of teeth with teeth in the outer row enlarged relative to those of inner rows. Body scales relatively small, 36–45 in a diagonal row from anal fin origin to lateral line.


Antarctic/subantarctic waters in Australia's EEZ.

Species Citation

Chalinura whitsoni Regan 1913, Trans. Roy. Soc. Edinburgh 49(2): 236, pl. 2 (fig. 2). Type locality:  off Coats Land, 71º 22' S, 16º 34' W, 1410 fathoms (2578 m) Scotia stn. 417.


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Whitson's Grenadier, Macrourus whitsoni (Regan 1913)


Iwamoto, T. 1990. Family Macrouridae. pp. 90-318 in Cohen, D.M., Inada, T., Iwamoto, T. & Scialabba, N. FAO Species Catalogue. Gadiform fishes of the world (order Gadiformes). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of cods, hakes, grenadiers and other gadiform fishes known to date. FAO Fisheries Synopsis No. 125. Rome : FAO Vol. 10 442 pp. 

Iwamoto, T. 1990. Macrouridae. pp. 192-206 in Gon, O. & Heemstra, P.C. (eds). Fishes of the Southern Ocean. Grahamstown : J.L.B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology 462 pp. 

La Mesa, M., Granata, A., Guglielmo, L. & Vacchi, M. 1999. Description and occurrence of postlarval stages of rattail fishes (Macrouridae) in the Western Ross Sea, Antarctica. Cybium 23(4): 391-399.

McMillan, P., Iwamoto, T., Stewart, A. & Smith, P.J. 2012. A new species of grenadier, genus Macrourus (Teleostei, Gadiformes, Macrouridae) from the southern hemisphere and a revision of the genus. Zootaxa 3165: 1-24 PDF Open access

Miller, R.G. 1993. History and atlas of the fishes of the Antarctic Ocean. Foresta Institute for Ocean and Mountain Studies. Carson City, Nevada. i-xx + 1-792.

Regan, C.T. 1913. The Antarctic fishes of the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition. Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 49(2): 229-292 figs 1-6 pls 1-11

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37232753

Depth:400–3200 m


Max Size:66 cm TL

Species Image Gallery

Species Maps

CAAB distribution map