New Zealand Roughy, Aulotrachichthys novaezelandicus (Kotlyar 1980)

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New Zealand Roughy, Aulotrachichthys novaezelandicus (Kotlyar 1980)

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Swains Reefs, Queensland, to off Ulladulla, New South Wales. Elsewhere the species occurs in New Zealand. Inhabits rocky reefs on the continental shelf and upper slope.


Dorsal fin VI,13; Anal fin III,8; Pectoral fin 12; Pelvic fin I,6; Gill rakers 7 + 1 + 11; Lateral–line scales 27.


Feeds on crustaceans, squid, and fishes.


  • IUCN Red List: Least Concern
  • Similar Species

    The Golden Roughy, Aulotrachichthys pulsator, differs from A. novaezelandicus in having an additional segmented anal-fin ray, a proportionately shallower body and larger eye.


    The specific name refers to the type locality, New Zealand waters in the South Pacific.

    Species Citation

    Paratrachichthys (Aulotrachichthys) novaezelandicus Kotlyar 1980, Zoologicheskii Zhurnal 59(2): 309. Type locality: South Pacific, near New Zealand [43°53´S, 178°39´E].


    Bray, D.J. 2023


    Atlas of Living Australia

    New Zealand Roughy, Aulotrachichthys novaezelandicus (Kotlyar 1980)


    Gomon, M.F. 2008. Family Trachichthyidae. pp. 420-430 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. 

    Gomon, M.F. & Kuiter, R.H. 1987. New Australian fishes. Part 8. A new species of Aulotrachichthys (Trachichthyidae). Memoirs of Museum Victoria 48(1): 27-29 See ref at BHL

    Johnson, J.W. 2010. Fishes of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and adjacent continental shelf waters, Queensland, Australia. pp. 299-353 in Davie, P.J.F. & Phillips, J.A. Proceedings of the Thirteenth International Marine Biological Workshop, The Marine Fauna and Flora of Moreton Bay. Memoirs of the Queensland Museum 54(3) 

    Kotlyar, A.N. 1980. Paratrachichthys (Aulotrachichthys) novaezelandicus sp.n. (Pisces, Beryciformes, Trachichthyidae) from New Zealand waters. Zoologicheskii Zhurnal 59(2): 309-312 [in Russian, English summary] 

    Kotlyar, A.N. 1996. Beryciform Fishes of the World Ocean. Moscow : VNIRO Publishing 368 pp. Paulin, C., 

    Moore, J. 2020. Aulotrachichthys novaezelandicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T123358198A123360086. Accessed on 01 February 2023.

    Stewart, A., Roberts, C. & McMillan, P. 1989. New Zealand fish: a complete guide. National Museum of New Zealand Miscellaneous Series 19: 1-279 

    Roberts, C.D. & Gomon, M.F. 2015. Family Trachichthyidae. pp.1009-1021 in Roberts, C.D., Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. The Fishes of New Zealand. Wellington : Te Papa Press Vol. 3 pp. 577-1152.

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    CAAB Code:37255011


    Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

    Depth:36-300 m

    Habitat:Reef associated

    Max Size:12 cm SL

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