Baldhead Cusk, Bidenichthys paxtoni (Nielsen & Cohen 1986)

Holotype of the Baldhead Cusk, Bidenichthys paxtoni. Source: Mark Allen / Australian Museum. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

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Baldhead Cusk, Bidenichthys paxtoni (Nielsen & Cohen 1986)

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Southeast of Cape Everard, Victoria. Elsewhere the species occurs in northern New Zealand.


This species has previously been known as Melodichthys paxtoni and Fiordichthys paxtoni.


The species is "named for our colleague John Paxton, Curator of Fishes in the Australian Museum, in recognition of his many contributions to ichthyology, both in research and curating."

Species Citation

Melodichthys paxtoni Nielsen & Cohen 1986, Cybium 10(4): 385, fig. 4. Type locality: south-east of Cape Everard, Victoria, 165-275 m.


Bray, D.J. 2021


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Baldhead Cusk, Bidenichthys paxtoni (Nielsen & Cohen 1986)


Møller, P.R. & Nielsen, J.G. 2015. 98 Family Bythitidae. pp. 720-735 in Roberts, C.D., Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. (eds). The Fishes of New Zealand. Wellington : Te Papa Press Vol. 3 pp. 577-1152.

Møller, P.R., Schwarzhans, W.W., Lauridsen, H. & Nielsen, J.G. 2021. Bidenichthys okamotoi, a New Species of the Bythitidae (Ophidiiformes, Teleostei) from the Koko Seamount, Central North Pacific. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering 9(12): 1399.

Nielsen, J.G. & Cohen, D.M. 1986. Melodichthys, a new genus with two new species of upper bathyal bythitids (Pisces, Ophidiiformes). Cybium 10(4): 381-387 See ref online

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. (as Melodichthys paxtoni)

Nielsen, J.G., Schwarzhans, W. & Møller, P.R. 2004. Reassignment of Melodichthys paxtoni to the genus Fiordichthys (Teleostei, Bythitidae). Cybium 28(1): 37-41 (as Fiordichthys paxtoni) See ref online

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CAAB Code:37228030

Depth:30-300 m

Max Size:15 cm SL

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