Little Pineapplefish, Sorosichthys ananassa Whitley 1945

Other Names: Little Pineapple Fish, Little Pineapple-fish

A Little Pineapplefish, Sorosichthys ananassa. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-Noncommercial

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Little Pineapplefish, Sorosichthys ananassa Whitley 1945

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Investigator Strait, South Australia, to south of Shark Bay, Western Australia. Inhabits sandy, silty and rocky areas. 


The specific name ananassa (= little pineapple) is derived from the pineapple genus Ananas, in reference to the rough scales of this species. Whitley suggested to vernacular name 'Little Pineapple Fish'.

Species Citation

Sorosichthys ananassa Whitley 1945, Aust. Zool. 4(1): 22, fig. 12. Type locality: between Bald Island and Haul Off Rock, south-western Australia, 50 miles east of Albany, Western Australia, 28-32 fathoms.


Bray, D.J. 2022


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Little Pineapplefish, Sorosichthys ananassa Whitley 1945


Ghedotti, M.J., DeKay, H.M., Maile, A.J., Smith, W.L. & Davis, M.P. 2021. Anatomy and evolution of bioluminescent organs in the slimeheads (Teleostei: Trachichthyidae). Journal of Morphology 2021: 820– 832.

Gomon, M.F. 1994. Families Trachichthyidae, Monocentridae. pp. 399-412 figs 358-369 in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. Adelaide : State Printer 992 pp. 810 figs.

Gomon, M.F. 2008. Family Trachichthyidae. pp. 420-430 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.

May, J.L. & Maxwell, J.G.H. 1986. Field Guide to Trawl Fish from Temperate Waters of Australia. Hobart : CSIRO Division of Marine Research 492 pp.

Moore, J. 2020. Sorosichthys ananassa. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T123359924A123360241. Accessed on 14 January 2022.

Whitley, G.P. 1945. New sharks and fishes from Western Australia. Part 2. The Australian Zoologist 11(1): 1-42 figs 1-15See ref at BHL

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CAAB Code:37255010


Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:40-183 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:8 cm TL


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