Fernandez Whiptail, Coryphaenoides fernandezianus (Günther 1887)


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A dark brownish grenadier with the lower parts of the head, abdomen, mouth and gill cavities black. The Fernandez Whiptail has a short almost vertical snout, an elongate first pelvic-fin ray, and relatively few widely-spaced serrations on the second dorsal-fin spine.

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Fernandez Whiptail, Coryphaenoides fernandezianus (Günther 1887)

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East of Kiama, New South Wales, to south of Robe, South Australia, also southeast of Middleton Reef, Tasman Sea. The identity of specimens from New South Wales is uncertain and additional specimens are required to more accurately determine distribution. Elsewhere the species occurs in the  temperate, south-east Pacific: New Zealand and the Juan Fernández Islands, Chile. The species is bathydemersal on the continental slope at depths between 1425 - 2515 m.


Dorsal fin II, 7-8; Pectoral fin 17-19; Pelvic fin 9-10; Gill rakers 8-10 (inner, 11-12); Pyloric caecae 8-10.
Head and snout moderate; head without modified scales forming stout ridges; a few small, deciduous scales on suborbital and lower jaw; snout naked ventrally and along anterior part of dorsal surface. Upper jaw teeth in 2 series, lower jaw teeth in a single row; chin barbel short, thin. Outer gill rakers of first arch short, flap like. 

Body scales deciduous, spinules exposed field reduced or lacking. 

Leading edge of long spinous ray of first dorsal fin with numerous short, reclined spinules; outer pelvic-fin ray slightly elongate.


Reaches a total length of at least 16 cm.


In preservative - overall dark brownish, somewhat darker on head; blackish over operculum, gill membranes and jaws; fins dark.


Of no commercial importance.



The species is presumably named for the type locality, the Juan Fernández Islands off Chile.

Species Citation

Macrurus fernandezianus Günther 1887, Challenger Repts. Zool. 22(57): 23. Type locality: south of Juan Fernández Islands.


Bray, D.J. 2018


Australian Faunal Directory

Fernandez Whiptail, Coryphaenoides fernandezianus (Günther 1887)


Günther, A. 1887. Report on the deep-sea fishes collected by H.M.S Challenger during the years 1873–1876. Report on the Scientific Results of the Voyage of H.M.S. Challenger 1873–1876, Zoology 22(57): 1-268 figs 1-7 pls 1-66 

Iwamoto, T. 1990. Family Macrouridae. pp. 90-318 in Cohen, D.M., Inada, T., Iwamoto, T. & Scialabba, N. FAO Species Catalogue. Gadiform fishes of the world (order Gadiformes). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of cods, hakes, grenadiers and other gadiform fishes known to date. FAO Fisheries Synopsis No. 125. Rome : FAO Vol. 10 442 pp.

Iwamoto, T. & Graham, K.J. 2001. Grenadiers (Families Bathygadidae and Macrouridae, Gadiformes, Pisces) of New South Wales, Australia. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 52(21): 407-509, figs. 1-114. [as Coryphaenoides cf. fernandezianus]

Iwamoto, T. & McMillan, P.J. 2008. Family Macrouridae. pp. 320-347 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.

Iwamoto, T. & Sazonov, Yu.I. 1988. A review of the southeastern Pacific Coryphaenoides (sensu lato) (Pisces, Gadiformes, Macrouridae). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences (4)45(3): 35-82.

Iwamoto, T., Shcherbachev, Yu.N. & Marquardt, B. 2004. Grenadiers (Gadiformes, Teleostei) of Walters Shoals, southwestern Indian Ocean, with description of a new "west-wind drift" species. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 55(10): 190-207.

McMillan, P.J. & Iwamoto, T. 2015. 103 Family Macrouridae, pp. 747-827, 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:37232125

Biology:No light organ

Depth:1425-2515 m


Max Size:37 cm TL

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