Serrulate Whiptail, Coryphaenoides serrulatus Günther 1878

Other Names: Serrulate Rattail

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Serrulate Whiptail, Coryphaenoides serrulatus Günther 1878

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Indo-West Pacific; known from the Southwestern Indian Ocean, and off southern Australia, New Zealand and Japan; benthopelagic on the continental slope at 540-1100 m.


D II, 8-11; P 18-24; V 7; GR (inner) 11-15; PC 16-20
Head short, compressed; snout pointed, moderately protruding, tip and lateral angles with large, stout tubercular spiny scutes; snout naked ventrally, otherwise uniformly covered with small scales. Suborbital ridge with row of stout, coarsely thickened scales; chin barbel well-developed, elongate; sensory pores on head prominent; eye relatively large, longer than snout; upper jaw with teeth in relatively narrow band, outer series enlarged; lower jaw teeth in a single row. Body scales rather large, strongly adherent, densely covered with lanceolate spinules.

A subspecies, C. serrulatus oceanus Iwamoto & Shcherbachev, 1991, inhabits seamounts and ridges of the southern Indian Ocean.


A relatively large species that reaches a total length of 45 cm.


Overall greyish to brownish, mouth, gill cavities and orbital ring dark, fins dusky to blackish, anal fin darker anteriorly, becoming pale posteriorly.


Of minor commercial importance, trawled as bycatch below 900 m off Tasmania.


Not assessed.

Species Citation

Coryphaenoides serrulatus Günther, 1878, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. (5)2(2): 26, north-east of New Zealand.


Bray, D.J. & G. Frankham

Serrulate Whiptail, Coryphaenoides serrulatus Günther 1878


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. 1990. P. 138, In Cohen, D.M. , T. Inada, T. Iwamoto & N. Scialabba. FAO species catalogue. Vol. 10. Gadiform fishes of the world (order Gadiformes). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of cods, hakes, grenadiers and other gadiform fishes known to date. FAO Fisheries Synopsis No. 125(10): i-x + 1-442.

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

Iwamoto, T. & P.J. McMillan. 2008. Macrouridae. In Gomon, M.F., D.J. Bray & R.H. Kuiter. Fishes of Australia’s Southern Coast. New Holland Publishers & Museum Victoria, Melbourne, Australia. 1-928p.

Iwamoto, T. & Yu.N. Shchervbachev. 1991. Macrourid fishes of the Subgenus Chalinura, Genus Coryphaenoides, from the Indian Ocean. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 47(7): 207-233.

Iwamoto, T., Yu.N. Shcherbachev & B. Marquardt.  2004. Grenadiers (Gadiformes, Teleostei) of Walters Shoals, southwestern Indian Ocean, with description of a new "west-wind drift" species. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences  55(10): 190-207.

Iwamoto, T. & Williams, A. 1999. Grenadiers (Pisces, Gadiformes) from the continental slope of western and northwestern Australia. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 51(3): 105-243, figs. 1-58.

Shcherbachev, Yu.N. & T. Iwamoto. 1995. Indian Ocean grenadiers of the subgenus Coryphaenoides, genus Coryphaenoides (Macrouridae, Gadiformes, Pisces). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 48(14): 285-314.

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CAAB Code:37232015

Biology:No light organ

Depth:520-1520 m



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