Goobala Whiptail, Coelorinchus goobala Iwamoto & Williams 1999

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A species of whiptail found on the continental shelf off north Western Australia.

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Dianne J. Bray & Greta J. Frankham, Coelorinchus goobala in Fishes of Australia, accessed 17 Jul 2024,

Goobala Whiptail, Coelorinchus goobala Iwamoto & Williams 1999

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Tropical Eastern Indian Ocean, endemic to northwestern Australia; bathydemersal on the continental slope at 300-582 m.


Meristic features: First dorsal fin II, 8-9; Pectoral fin 14-17; Pelvic fin 7; Gill rakers(inner) 7-8; Branchiostegal rays 6.

Snout long, slender, sharply pointed in young specimens, shorter and blunter in adults, tipped with a slender terminal scute, anterolateral margins incompletely supported by bone. Mouth small, upper jaw length; jaws with no enlarged teeth, upper jaw teeth in broad short bands, lower jaw teeth in long narrow band; gill membranes broadly attached to isthmus, moderately restricting gill openings; chin barbel short, tapering to a fine tip. Underside of head and nasal fossa completely naked; body scales with conical spinules. Light organ short, poorly defined, positioned in front of anus.


Reaches a total length of 35 cm.


In preservative - light brownish, underside of head mostly cream, extending onto gill membranes; tip of snout with light dusting of fine spot; mouth, lips and gums cream; abdomen darker and somewhat violet ,tinged with darker colour extending posteriorly and ventrally onto tail; first dorsal fin dusky, tipped with black, blackish colour more extensive in some smaller specimens; pectoral fins dusky overall, upper edge dark, base pale; pelvic fin creamy white with a faint speckling in some specimens.



Of no commercial interest.


Species Citation

Coelorinchus goobala Iwamoto & Williams 1999, Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 51(3): 138, fig.11. Type locality: Northwest Shelf off Rowley Shoals, Western Australia, 17°37'S, 118°40'E.


Dianne J. Bray & Greta J. Frankham

Goobala Whiptail, Coelorinchus goobala Iwamoto & Williams 1999


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. & 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.

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CAAB Code:37232108


Depth:300-580 m

Habitat:Benthopelagic on soft bottoms

Max Size:35 cm TL


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