Wrinkled Slickhead, Conocara kreffti Sazonov 1997

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Wrinkled Slickhead, Conocara kreffti Sazonov 1997

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Northern Exmouth Plateau, Western Australia, and the Lord How Rise northeast of Middleton Reef, and the Norfolk Ridge south of Norfolk Island. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Indo-west Pacific.


Dorsal fin 21-28; Anal fin 35-43; Pelvic fin 6-8: Branchiostegal rays 5-7: Gill rakers 0-2 + 14-17 laterally, no rakers medially on first arch; Scales in longitudinal series above lateral line usually more than 190-270, 110-160 of which are predorsal; Pyloric caeca short, 3-8; Vertebrae 55-58, caudal vertebrae 36-38.
Body low (depth less than 1/5 SL), without keel-like fold of skin in front of dorsal-fin origin; antero-lateral surface of premaxillaries with horizontally directed semicircular blade-like teeth piercing the skin; palatines toothed; antorbital bone absent; procurrent caudal-fin rays extend well forward above and below caudal peduncle beyond its midlength.



The species is named in memory of Gerhard Krefft of the Institut für Seefischerei in Hamburg, Germany, for his contributions to the study of alepocephalid fishes of the Atlantic Ocean.

Species Citation

Conocara kreffti Sazonov 1997, Voprosy Ikhtiologii 37(6): 785, fig.). Type locality: Southeastern Indian Ocean, East-Indian Ridge, 28°13.6'S, 98°28.6'E, depth 1150 m.


Bray, D.J. 2022


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Wrinkled Slickhead, Conocara kreffti Sazonov 1997


Sazonov, Y.I. 1997. A new species of the genus Conocara (Alepocephalidae) from the Indo-Pacific. Voprosy Ikhtiologii 37(6): 785-790 [in Russian, English translation. in Journal of Ichthyology 37(9): 749–753] 

Sazonov, Y.I., Williams, A. & Kobyliansky, S.G. 2009. Review of fish of the fish genus Conocara (Alepocephalidae) from the continental slope of Australia and description of a new species C. paxtoni sp. nova. Journal of Ichthyology 49(10): 852-860 

Sazonov, Y.I. & Markle, D.F. 1999. Family Alepocephalidae. pp. 1888-1893 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 3 pp. 1397-2068.

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CAAB Code:37114033

Depth:1150-2000 m

Max Size:39 cm SL

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