Furry Whiptail, Trachonurus villosus (Günther 1877)

A Furry Whiptail, Trachonurus villosus, collected from a seamount in the Tasman Sea. Source: Robin McPhee / NORFANZ Founding Parties. License: All rights reserved

A dark brown to blackish whiptail covered in very small spiny scales, with a small chin barbel, a narrow band of small, pointed teeth in jaws, head fully scaled, except branchiostegal membranes and gular membrane, and the spinous ray of the first dorsal fin short and not serrated. The Furry Whiptail also has an obvious pale greyish lateral line.

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Dianne J. Bray, Trachonurus villosus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 24 May 2024, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/4359

Furry Whiptail, Trachonurus villosus (Günther 1877)

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Off Barrow Island to south-west of Cape Jaubert, WA and east of Cape York to east of Dunk Island, QLD, also Lord Howe Rise, Tasman Sea. The species occurs elsewhere in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.


Carnivore - feeds on crustaceans and molluscs.

Species Citation

Coryphaenoides villosus Günther, 1877, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 4 20(56): 441. Type locality: south of Tokyo, Japan.


Dianne J. Bray

Furry Whiptail, Trachonurus villosus (Günther 1877)


Günther, A. 1877. Preliminary notes on new fishes collected in Japan during the expedition of H.M.S. Challenger. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 4 20(56): 433-446.

Iwamoto, T. 1986. Family No. 93: Macrouridae. pp. 330-341 in Smith, M.M. & Heemstra, P.C. (eds). Smith's Sea Fishes. Johannesburg : Macmillan South Africa xx + 1047 pp. 144 pls. 

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 Sciences 51(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. 

Shcherbachev, Y.N., Sazonov, Y.I.  & Piotrovsky, A.S. 1979. On the discovery of Trachonurus villosus and species of the genus Mesobius (Macrouridae, Osteichthyes) in the Indian ocean. Journal of Ichthyology 19(1): 16-23.

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CAAB Code:37232071

Depth:435-1240 m


Max Size:60 cm TL

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