King Dory, Cyttus traversi Hutton 1872

Other Names: Bight Dory, Horsehead, Lookdown Dory, Mcculloch's Dory, Shadow Dory

A King Dory, Cyttus traversi. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-Noncommercial

A large deep-bodied silvery-grey dory

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King Dory, Cyttus traversi Hutton 1872

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Southern Australia from off Tweed Heads, New South Wales, to west of Bunbury, Western Australia, including around Tasmania; also seamounts, ridges and rises in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere, the species is widespread in temperate waters of the Southern Hemisphere, although not known from South America. The King Dory is benthopelagic on the upper and mid continental slope.


Feeds on a range of fishes and crustaceans. 

Species Citation

Cyttus traversi Hutton, 1872, Fishes of New Zealand: 19. Type locality: Saltwater Creek, Canterbury, New Zealand.


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

King Dory, Cyttus traversi Hutton 1872


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CAAB Code:37264001

Depth:400-1005 m

Fishing:Commercial fish


Max Size:65 cm

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