Short-tooth Whiptail, Coelorinchus sereti Iwamoto & Merrett 1997


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Short-tooth Whiptail, Coelorinchus sereti Iwamoto & Merrett 1997

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Tropical Southwestern Pacific; known from off New Caledonia, the Chesterfield and Bellona Plateaus, and off Queensland, Australia; bathydemersal on the continental slope at 412-825 m.


D II, 9; P 17; V 7; GR (inner) 9; BR 6; PC
Snout relatively narrow, mouth gape wide, restricted at lateral angles by lip folds; teeth in bands in both jaws, upper jaw band short, broad, 5 or 6 teeth across, band in lower jaw long, narrow, 3 or 4 teeth across; chin barbel short, fine. Scales on top of snout and head with bladelike, erect spinules arranged in divergent rows; underside of head with small, almost non-imbricate scales having short, sharp, erect, bladelike spinules in crestlike divergent rows; broad naked margin in front and around sides of mouth, nasal fossa dotted with minute scales, each with few short, erect, conical to bladelike spinules. Body scales dorsally on trunk with broader, more reclined spinules in widely divergent rows. First dorsal fin short, much less than postrosbal length of head; second dorsal weakly developed, anal fin well-developed; pectoral and pelvic fins moderate, longest rays extending to about origin of anal fin. Broad, short dermal window of light organ immediately anterior to anus, anterior end at midpoint between anal- and pelvic-fin origins.


A relatively large species, reaching a total length of 45 cm.


In preservative - light sandy-brown, paler ventrally, somewhat darker dorsally on head; abdomen darker, periproct and light organ black; black lining of gill chamber showing through gill cover and branchiostegal membranes; mouth entirely black, lips generally pale with blackish streaks; membrane connecting premaxillary and maxillary black; barbel pale.


Reported to feed on decapod crustaceans and lanternfishes (Famly Myctophidae).


Of no commercial importance.


Not assessed.


The species is named for the ichthyologist, Dr Bernard Séret.

Species Citation

Coelorinchus sereti Iwamoto  & Merrett 1997, Mém. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris 176: 505 figs a-a', New Caledonia, 22°18.65'S, 167°23.30'E.


Bray, D.J. & G. Frankham

Short-tooth Whiptail, Coelorinchus sereti Iwamoto & Merrett 1997


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. 1999. Order Gadiformes. In Carpenter, K.E. & V.H. Niem. Species identification guide for fisheries purposes. The living marine resources of the western central Pacific. Batoid fishes, chimeras and bony fishes part 1 (Elopidae to Linophrynidae). FAO, Rome.

Iwamoto, T. & N.R. Merrett. 1997. Pisces Gadiformes; Taxonomy of grenadiers of  the New Caledonian regions, southwest Pacific. Pp.473-570 In Crosnier, A. (ed.) Résultats des Campagnes MUSORSTOM. Mém. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. Paris 176: 1-570 [505 figs a-a'].

Merrett, N.R. & T. Iwamoto. 2000. Pisces Gadiformes: Grenadier fishes of the New Caledonian region, southwest Pacific Ocean. Taxonomy and distribution, with ecological notes. In: Crosnier, R. (ed). Résultats des Campagnes MUSORSTOM,  21. Memoires du Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle (N. S.) (Série A) Zoologie No. 184: 723-781.

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