Shaggy Cusk, Porocephalichthys dasyrhynchus (Cohen & Hutchins 1982)

Porocephalichthys dasyrhynchus. Source: Barry Hutchins / Western Australian Museum. License: All rights reserved

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Shaggy Cusk, Porocephalichthys dasyrhynchus (Cohen & Hutchins 1982)

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Rottnest Island to Jurien Bay, Western Australia. A secretive species found on inshore rocky reefs.


Dorsal fin 88-90; Anal fin 68-69. Anterior nostril rather high, located about midway between upper lip and posterior nostril. Developed gill raker 3. Opercle with a sharp spine, sometimes embedded in the skin.

Species Citation

Dinematichthys dasyrhynchus Cohen & Hutchins 1982, Rec. W. A. Mus. 9(4): 342, figs. 1-3. Type locality: Rottnest Island, WA. 


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Shaggy Cusk, Porocephalichthys dasyrhynchus (Cohen & Hutchins 1982)


Cohen, D.M. & Hutchins, J.B. 1982. Description of a new Dinematichthys (Ophidiiformes : Bythitidae) from Rottnest Island, Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 9(4): 341-347 figs 1-3

Hutchins, J.B. 1979. A guide to the marine fishes of Rottnest Island. Perth : Creative Research 103 pp. (as Dinematichthys sp.)

Mees, G.F. 1960. Additions to the fish fauna of Western Australia. 2. Western Australian Fisheries. Bulletin 9(2): 13-21. (as Dinematichthys iluococoetoides)

Møller, P.R. 2010. Porocephalichthys dasyrhynchus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. . Downloaded on 28 August 2015.

Møller, P.R., Schwarzhans, W. & Nielsen, J.G. 2004. Review of the American Dinematichthyini (Teleostei: Bythitidae). Part I. Dinematichthys, Gunterichthys, Typhliasina and two new genera. Aqua, Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology 8(4): 141-192. (as Dinematichthys dasyrhynchus)

Møller, P. R. & Schwarzhans, W. 2008. Review of the Dinematichthyini (Teleostei: Bythitidae) of the Indo-Pacific. Part IV. Dinematichthys and two new genera with descriptions of nine new species. The Beagle, Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory 24: 87-146.

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 Dinematichthys dasyrhynchus)

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CAAB Code:37228024

Biology:Live bearer

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:3-15 m

Habitat:Reef associated


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