Coelorinchus supernasutus McMillan & Paulin 1993

Other Names: Supanose Rattail, Supanose Whiptail

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The Supanose Whiptail, Coelorinchus supernasutus is a large slender species with a very large head and an extremely long snout. This species has a light organ just in front of the anus with an oval-shaped window.

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Coelorinchus supernasutus McMillan & Paulin 1993

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Known from the Southwestern Pacific, off eastern Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia. Supanose Whiptails are bathydemersal on the continental slope at depths between 500-900 m. In Australian waters, this species is more common on the ridges and seamounts in the Tasman Sea, and is rarely taken off mainland Australia.


Dorsal fin II, 9; Pectoral fin 18-19; Pelvic fin V 7; Gill rakers on first arch 9-10; Branchiostegal rays 6.

Snout extremely long, narrow, about one-half headlength, tipped with a broad flat diamond-shaped scute, anterolateral margins completely supported by bone. Underside of head covered with small, spinulated scales. Nasal fossa mostly covered with small scales. Body scales with 5-8 divergent rows of broad-based spinules. Light organ small, externally visible with black dermal window before anus.


A large species reaching 64 cm.


Overall brownish without distinctive markings; darker dorsally, abdomen and gill covers blackish; lips, gums, mouth lining, median ridge of nasal bone dark; first dorsal fin blackish, other fins pale to dusky.






Of no commercial importance.


Not evaluated.


The species name supernasutus is from the Latin super meaning super and nasutus meaning large nosed, in reference to the extremely large snout of this species.

Species Citation

Coelorinchus supernasutus McMillan & Paulin 1993, Copeia 1993(3): 833, fig. 10, Bay of Plenty, 37°27.4-27.0'S, 177°46.3-49.1'E.


Bray, D.J. & G. Frankham

Coelorinchus supernasutus McMillan & Paulin 1993


Bray, D.J., D.F. Hoese, J.R. Paxton & J.E. Gates. 2006. Macrouridae (pp. 581-607). In Hoese, D.F., D.J. Bray, G.R. Allen, J.R. Paxton, P.L. Beesley & A. Wells (Eds.) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. Fishes. CSIRO Publishing & the Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS), 3 vols., 2248 pp.

Iwamoto, T. & Graham, K.J. 2001. Grenadiers (Families Bathygadidae and Macrouridae, Gadiformes, Pisces) of New South Wales, Australia. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 52(21): 407-509, figs. 1-114.

McMillan, P.J. & Paulin, C.D. 1993. Descriptions of nine new species of rattails of the genus Coelorinchus (Pisces, Macrouridae) from New Zealand. Copeia 1993(3): 819-840.

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