Barathronus pacificus Nielsen & Eagle 1974

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Barathronus pacificus Nielsen & Eagle 1974

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Great Australian Bight, South Australia, at depths of 3817-4750 m.


Dorsal fin 67-80; Anal fin 61-69: Pectoral fin 25-27; Precaudal vertebrae 37-39, total vertebrae 82-89; Anterior gill arch with 28-35 long rakers, 6-8 fangs on vomer, peritoneum transparent, no ventral flexure of anteriormost vertebrae and a pair of small claspers at basis of penis.

Species Citation

Barathronus pacificus Nielsen & Eagle 1974, J. Fisheries Research Board of Canada 31(6): 1067, Fig. 1. Type locality: Northeastern Pacific, 700 kilometers off Oregon, U.S.A., 44°41.1'N, 133°24.1'W, depth 3784 m.


Bray, D.J. 2019

Barathronus pacificus Nielsen & Eagle 1974


Cohen, D.M. & Nielsen, J.G. 1978. Guide to the identification of genera of the fish order Ophidiiformes with a tentative classification of the order. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Technical Report NMFS Circular 417: 1-72.

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. & Eagle, R.J. 1974.  Descriptions of a new species of Barathronus (Pisces, Aphyonidae) and four specimens of Sciadonus sp. from the eastern Pacific. Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada 31(6): 1067-1072,

Nielsen, J.G., Mincarone, M.M. & Di Dario, F. 2015. A new deep-sea species of Barathronus Goode & Bean from Brazil, with notes on Barathronus bicolor Goode & Bean (Ophidiiformes: Aphyonidae). Neotropical Ichthyology v. 13(1): 53-60. open access

Nielsen, J.G., Pogonoski, J.J. & Appleyard, S.A. 2019. Aphyonid-clade species of Australia (Teleostei, Bythitidae) with four species new to Australian waters and a new species of BarathronusZootaxa 4564(2): 554–572,

Okiyama, M. & Kato, H. 1997. A pelagic juvenile of Barathronus pacificus (Ophidiiformes: Aphyonidae) from the southwest Pacific, with notes on its metamorphosis. Ichthyological Research 44(2): 222-226.

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CAAB Code:37228823

Depth:3817-4750 m


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