Rosy Dory, Cyttopsis rosea (Lowe 1843)

Other Names: Pink Dory, Red Dory

A Rosy Dory, Cyttopsis rosea, on deep coral reefs at Viosca Knoll 862 in the Gulf of Mexico, 9 Oct 2008, ROV photo from Lophelia II project. Source: Steve W. Ross / USGS DISCOVRE Expedition Gulf of Mexico. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike

Video clip of a Rosy Dory in about 500 metres off the Canary Islands.

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Rosy Dory, Cyttopsis rosea (Lowe 1843)

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Southwest of Geraldton to south of Scott Reef, Western Australia, and the Coral Sea off Cape York, Queensland, to off Babel Island, Tasmania. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Atlantic and Indo-west Pacific.
The species is meso-benthopelagic over the continental slope, including on seamounts, ridges and rises.


Dorsal fin VI-VII, 24-30; Anal fin I-II, 24-30,first spine often minute and fused to pterygiophore; Pectoral fin 13-14; Pelvic fin 9-10.
Body oval, depth greater than head length; head and body greatly compressed; mouth large, oblique, upper jaw extremely protrusible, maxilla expanded posteriorly; minute conical teeth in jaws.
Dorsal fin deeply notched, origin before pectoral origin; pectoral fins much smaller than pelvic fins; caudal fin rounded.
Scales minute, deciduous; bony ridge present along bases of soft dorsal and anal fins; ventral midline between pelvic and anal fins broad, flattened, with large spiny bucklers.


Feeds mostly on other fishes and decapod crustaceans.


Taken occasionally as incidental bycatch in commercial trawls.


The specific name is from the Latin roseus (= rosy, pink) in reference to the colour of this species.

Species Citation

Zeus roseus Lowe 1843, Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 11: 85. Type locality: off Madeira, northeastern Atlantic.


Bray, D.J. 2020


Atlas of Living Australia

Rosy Dory, Cyttopsis rosea (Lowe 1843)


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Heemstra, P.C. 1999. Families Parazenidae, Macrocyttidae, Zeidae, Grammicolepididae, Caproidae. pp. 2257-2261 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, T.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 4 pp. 2069-2790. 

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Lowe, R.T. 1843. Notices of fishes newly observed or discovered in Madeira during the years 1840, 1841 and 1842. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 11: 81-95 See ref at BHL

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CAAB Code:37264010

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:100-620 m

Habitat:Benthopelagic, reef associated

Max Size:31 cm TL

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