Threadfin Slickhead, Talismania mekistonema Sulak 1975

Other Names: Threadfin Smooth-head

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Threadfin Slickhead, Talismania mekistonema Sulak 1975

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West of Shark Bay, Western Australia; Also Christmas Island in the eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Atlantic and Indian oceans.


The specific name is from the Greek mekistos (= longest) and nema (= thread, filament) in reference to the greatly elongated upper pectoral-fin ray.

Species Citation

Talismania mekistonema Sulak 1975, Bulletin of Marine Science 25(1): 88, figs 1-4. Type locality: Tongue-of-the-Ocean, R/V Columbus Iselin station 80, Atlantic, 23°53'30" to 23°54'00"N, 77°02'36" to 77°04'30"W.


Bray, D.J. 2021


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Threadfin Slickhead, Talismania mekistonema Sulak 1975


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. 

Sulak, K.J. 1975. Talismania mekistonema, a new Atlantic species of the family Alepocephalidae (Pisces: Salmoniformes). Bulletin of Marine Science 25(1): 88-93 See ref online

Williams, A., Last, P.R., Gomon, M.F. & Paxton, J.R. 1996. Species composition and checklist of the demersal ichthyofauna of the continental slope off Western Australia (20–35º). Records of the Western Australian Museum 18: 135-155

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CAAB Code:37114030

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:600-1500 m


Max Size:27 cm TL

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