Pale Deepsea Lizardfish, Bathysauroides gigas (Kamohara 1952)

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Pale Deepsea Lizardfish, Bathysauroides gigas (Kamohara 1952)

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Off Dampier, WA (19º17´–18º23´S) and off Raine Island (11º35´S) to northwest of Townsville, QLD (17°57'S); tropical, west Pacific (Japan).

Species Citation

Bathysaurops gigas Kamohara, 1952, Repts Kôchi Univ., Nat. Sci. 3: 14, fig. 11. Type locality: Mimase, Kochi, Japan.


Dianne J. Bray

Pale Deepsea Lizardfish, Bathysauroides gigas (Kamohara 1952)


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CAAB Code:37120007

Depth:260-480 m

Habitat:Benthic, continental slope

Max Size:29 cm SL

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