Slender Deepsea Herring, Neobathyclupea gracilis Fowler 1938

Slender Deepsea Herring, Neobathyclupea gracilis. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO / NORFANZ Founding Parties. License: All rights reserved

A slender pale greyish-brown deepsea herring, with a darker back, silvery below, a pale oral cavity, a dark gill cavity, and a dark blotch at the caudal-fin base that continues onto the anterior caudal-fin rays.

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Slender Deepsea Herring, Neobathyclupea gracilis Fowler 1938

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Recorded in Australia from W of Shark Bay to the Northwest Shelf, Western Australia, and E of the Gold Coast, Queensland, to off Sydney, New South Wales. Elsewhere, the species is widespread in the tropical, Indo-west Pacific.


The specific name is from the Latin gracilis (slender), in reference to the more slender body of this species compared with that of Neobathyclupea megaceps.

Species Citation

Bathyclupea gracilis Fowler 1938, Proc. U. S. Natl Mus. 85(3032): 34, fig. 8. Type locality: Makyan Island, Indonesia [0°19'20"N, 127°28'30"E]. 


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Slender Deepsea Herring, Neobathyclupea gracilis Fowler 1938


Dick, M.M. 1972. A review of the fishes of the family Bathyclupeidae. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India 14(2): 539-544-2 figs

Fowler, H.W. 1938. Descriptions of new fishes obtained by the United States Bureau of Fisheries Steamer Albatross, chiefly in Philippine seas and adjacent waters. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 85(3032): 31-135 figs 6-61

Paxton, J.E. 2001. Bathyclupeidae. p. 3211 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. 5 2791-3379 pp.

Prokofiev, A.M. 2014. Deepsea Herrings (Bathyclupeidae) of the Northwestern Pacific Ocean. Journal of Ichthyology 54(2): 137–145.

Prokofiev, A.M. 2014. Taxonomy and distribution of deepsea herring (Bathyclupeidae) in oceans. Journal of Ichthyology 54 (8):493-500.

Williams, A., Last, P.R., Gomon, M.F. & Paxton, J.R. 1996. Species composition and checklist of the demersal ichthyofauna of the continental slope off Western Australia (20–35º). Records of the Western Australian Museum 18: 135-155.

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CAAB Code:37358001

Depth:400-755 m


Max Size:175+ cm SL

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