Velvet Whiptail, Trachonurus gagates Iwamoto & McMillan 1997


Trachonurus-gagates. Source: Trachonurus-gagates. License:

A dark brown to blackish whiptail, covered in small bristly scales, with dusky brown dorsal and anal fins, blackish pectoral and pelvic fins, no lateral line of grooved scales on the body, a fully scaled head, a small chin barbel, small teeth in the jaws and the spinous ray of the first dorsal fin short and not serrated.

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Velvet Whiptail, Trachonurus gagates Iwamoto & McMillan 1997


Iwamoto, T. 1997. Trachonurus robinsi, a new species of grenadier (Gadiformes, Macrouridae) from the Philippines.Bulletin of Marine Science 60(3): 942-949.

Iwamoto, T. & McMillan, P. 1997. A new grenadier, genus Trachonurus, from New Zealand and Australia (Pisces: Gadiformes: Macrouridae). Memoirs of Museum Victoria 56(1): 255-259.

Iwamoto, T. & Williams, A. 1999. Grenadiers (Pisces, Gadiformes) from the continental slope of western and northwestern Australia. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences51(3): 105-243 figs 1-58.

McMillan, P.J., Francis, M.P., James, G.D., Paul, L.J., Marriott, P.J., Mackay, E., Wood, B.A., Griggs, L.H., Sui, H. & Wei, F. 2011. New Zealand fishes. Volume 1: A field guide to common species caught by bottom and midwater fishing. New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No. 68, 329 pp. 

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CAAB Code:37232076

Depth:435-1240 m


Max Size:48 cm TL

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