Little Whiptail, Coelorinchus gormani Iwamoto & Graham 2008


A paratype of the Little Whiptail, Coelorinchus gormani, from off Broken Bay, New South Wales, depth 421-457 m, AMS I.26240-001. Source: Ken J. Graham / NSW Fisheries. License: All rights reserved

Summary:
A whiptail with 7 or 8 faint, sometimes almost obscure, saddle-like markings, more pronounced posteriorly, separated by narrow pale bands often with appearance of white dorsal spots; mouth and gill cavities dark.
Prior to the description of Coelorinchus gormani, this species was confused with Coelorinchus parvifasciatus, a species found in New Zealand waters.

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Dianne J. Bray, Coelorinchus gormani in Fishes of Australia, accessed 26 Feb 2021, http://136.154.202.208/home/species/2684

Little Whiptail, Coelorinchus gormani Iwamoto & Graham 2008

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Distribution

E of the Wooli, NSW (29°53'S) to Bonney Canyon, SA (139°26'E), and TAS; temperate, endemic. The species is benthopelagic on the continental slope at 220-600 m.

Features

Dorsal fin II, 9-12 (usually 10); Pectoral fin 17-20; Pelvic fin 7; Gill rakers 7-8; Branchiostegal rays 6; PC 19-26.
Snout short, broad, blunt, anterolateral margins incompletely supported by bone; orbit diameter longer than snout length. Underside of head naked or with 1-3 small scales above angle of lower jaw; broad, naked, translucent areas dorsally behind leading edges of snout, nasal fossa naked. Naked fossa of light organ extends forward almost to between pelvic-fin bases.

Size

Reaches a total length of 29 cm.

Colour

Body with 7 or 8 faint, sometimes almost obscure, saddle marks, more pronounced posteriorly, saddle marks separated by narrow pale bands, 1 or 2 scale rows wide at dorsomedial line; pale areas often with appearance of white dorsal spots; mouth and gill cavities dark.

Species Citation

Coelorinchus gormani Iwamoto & Graham, 2008, Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 4 59(5): 133-146. Type locality: East of Wooli, 29°53'S, 153°42'E, New South Wales, depth 502 m.

Author

Dianne J. Bray

Little Whiptail, Coelorinchus gormani Iwamoto & Graham 2008

References


Iwamoto, T. & Graham, K.J. 2001. Grenadiers (Families Bathygadidae and Macrouridae, Gadiformes, Pisces) of New South Wales, Australia. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 52(21): 407-509 figs 1-114

Iwamoto, T. & Graham, K.J. 2008. Two new Australian grenadiers of the Coelorinchus fasciatus species group (Macrouridae: Gadiformes: Teleostei). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 4 59(5): 133-146 (as Coelorinchus parvifasciatus - specimens from NSW).

Iwamoto, T. & McMillan, P.J. 2008. Family Macrouridae. pp. 320-347 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.

McMillan, P. 1994. Family Macrouridae. pp. 340-364 figs 304-325 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. (as Coelorinchus sp. 3)

Williams, A. & Bax, N.J. 2001. Delineating fish-habitat associations for spatially based management: an example from the south-eastern Australian continental shelf. Marine and Freshwater Research 52: 513-536 (as Coelorinchus parvifasciatus).

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37232047

Biology:Bioluminescent

Depth:220-600 m

Habitat:Benthopelagic

Max Size:30 cm TL

Native:Endemic

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