New Zealand Cucumberfish, Paraulopus novaeseelandiae Sato & Nakabo 2002

A pale greyish cucumberfish becoming white below, with silvery sides, and two rows of small yellow spots before the dorsal fin that become yellow lines on the side. The dorsal fin is pale greyish with a black margin that tapers in width posteriorly and a white submarginal band, a distinct broad black margin on the upper lobe of the caudal fin, a white anal fin, and mostly greyish pelvic fins with a white margin.

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New Zealand Cucumberfish, Paraulopus novaeseelandiae Sato & Nakabo 2002

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Near Norfolk Island on the Norfolk Ridge in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in the northern New Zealand region.


Dorsal fin 10-11; Anal fin 10-11; Pectoral fin 16-17; Pelvic fin 9; Gill rakers 7-11 + 18-19 = 26-29; Vertebrae 48-50.

Species Citation

Paraulopus novaeseelandiae Sato & Nakabo 2002, Species Diversity 7: 397, figs 1C, 2C, 2F, 2I). Type locality: Off Norfolk Island, South Pacific, 29°35.0'S, 168°05.8'E, depth 308 m.


Bray, D.J. 2020


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New Zealand Cucumberfish, Paraulopus novaeseelandiae Sato & Nakabo 2002


Gomon, M.F. 2015. Family Paraulopidae. pp. 534-537 in Roberts, C.D., Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. The Fishes of New Zealand. Wellington : Te Papa Press Vol. 2 pp. 1-576.

Gomon, M.F. & Sato, T. 2004. A new cucumberfish (Paraulopidae) of the Paraulopus nigripinnis complex from central eastern Australia. Records of the Australian Museum 56(2): 195-199 DOI: 10.3853/j.0067-1975.56.2004.1417

Sato, T., Gomon, M.F. & Nakabo, T. 2010. Two new Australian species of the Paraulopus nigripinnis complex (Aulopiformes: Paraulopidae). Ichthyological Research 57(3): 254-262

Sato, T. & Nakabo, T. 2002. Two new species of Paraulopus (Osteichthyes: Aulopiformes) from New Zealand and eastern Australia, and comparisons with P. nigripinnis. Species Diversity 7: 393-404.

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CAAB Code:37120021

Depth:250-550 m

Habitat:Seamounts, ridges, rises

Max Size:35.5 cm SL

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