Elongate Slickhead, Conocara microlepis (Lloyd 1909)

Other Names: Elongate Smooth-head

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Elongate Slickhead, Conocara microlepis (Lloyd 1909)

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Northwest of Point Cloates, Western Australia. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical, Atlantic-Indo-west Pacific.


The specific name microlepis is from the Greek mikros (= small) and lepis (= scale) in reference to the “very small and nearly circular” scales of this species.

Species Citation

Alepocephalus microlepis Lloyd 1909, Memoirs of the Indian Museum 2(3): 146. Type locality: Arabian Sea, depth 700-600 fathoms.


Bray, D.J. 2022


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Elongate Slickhead, Conocara microlepis (Lloyd 1909)


Lloyd, R.T. 1909. A description of the deep sea fish caught by the R.I.M.S. ship Investigator since the year 1900, with supposed evidence of mutation in Malthopsis. Memoirs of the Indian Museum 2(3): 139-180 figs 1-8 pls 44-50 See ref at BHL

Lloyd, R.E.1909. Illustrations of the zoology of the Royal Indian marine survey ship Investigator,...Fishes. Calcutta. Part 10: no p., Pls. 44-50.

Markle, D.F. 1981. Alepocephalidae. pp. 1-6 in Fischer, W., Bianchi, G. & Scott, W.B. FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Eastern Central Atlantic, (Fishing Areas 34, 47 (in part)). Rome : FAO Vol. 3 [var. pag.]. 

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. 

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:37114034

Depth:1000-2200 m

Habitat:Benthopelagic, continental slope

Max Size:27 cm SL

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