Parin's Spiderfish, Bathypterois parini Shcherbachev & Sulak 1988

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Parin's Spiderfish, Bathypterois parini Shcherbachev & Sulak 1988

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Coral Sea off Townsville, Queensland, to off Seal Rocks, New South Wales, at depths of 709-1036 m. The species may also occur off the Exmouth Plateau to NW of Cape Leveque, Western Australia. Elsewhere the species occurs in the east-Indo-west Pacific: northern Sumatra and Java in Indonesia.
Inhabits continental slopes and deep-sea ridges.


Dorsal fin 13-15; Anal fin 9; Pectoral fin 11-12 lower rays; Vertebrae 53-55. Scales cycloid, unarmed with spines, easily deciduous; adipose fin well-developed; caudal peduncle deep (9.5-10.6% SL); large distance between pelvic and anal fins (24.4-26.1%).


Spiderfishes (family Ipnopidae) are simultaneous hermaphrodites. Individuals have an ovotestis containing functional male and female reproductive tissue. 


The species is named in honour of Nikolay Vasil'evich Parin.

Species Citation

Bathypterois (Bathypterois) parini Shcherbachev & Sulak 1988, Voprosy Ikhtiologii 28(3): 491, Fig. 1. Type locality: Mentavay submarine ridge, Northern Indian Ocean, 3°46'N, 95°00'E, depth 800-875 m.


Bray, D.J. 2022


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Parin's Spiderfish, Bathypterois parini Shcherbachev & Sulak 1988


Holleman, W., Fennessy, S., Russell, B. & Maunde, C. 2020. Bathypterois parini. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T123323368A123323695. Accessed on 15 October 2022.

Last, P.R., Pogonoski, J.J., Gledhill, D.C. White, W.T. & Walker, C.J. 2014. The deepwater demersal ichthyofauna of the western Coral Sea. Zootaxa 3887 (2): 191–224

Shcherbachev, Yu.N. & Sulak, K.J. 1988. A new species of the genus Bathypterois (Chlorphthalmidae) from the eastern Indian Ocean. Voprosy Ikhtiologii 28(3): 491-493 [in Russian, English translation in Journal of Ichthyology 1989, Vol. 28(2): 120-123

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CAAB Code:37123010



Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:560-1036 m

Max Size:15+ cm SL

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