Smallscale Slickhead, Alepocephalus australis Barnard 1923

Other Names: Small Scaled Brown Slickhead, Southern Atlantic Smooth-head

A Smallscale Slickhead, Alepocephalus australis, from seamounts in the Tasman Sea north of New Zealand. Source: Robin McPhee & Mark McGrouther / NORFANZ Founding Parties. License: All rights reserved

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Dianne J. Bray, Alepocephalus australis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 11 Dec 2023,

Smallscale Slickhead, Alepocephalus australis Barnard 1923

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Recorded in Australia from them Coral Sea off Cape York to W of Bunbury, WA, also on the Lord Howe Rise and Norfolk Ridge, S of Norfolk Island; temperate, mostly southern circumglobal.

Species Citation

Alepocephalus australis Barnard, Ann. Sth African Mus. 13(8): 440. Type locality: off Cape Point, South Africa.


Dianne J. Bray

Smallscale Slickhead, Alepocephalus australis Barnard 1923


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Barnard, K.H. 1923. Diagnoses of new species of marine fishes from South African waters. Annals of the South African Museum 13(8): 439-444.
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.

Williams, A. & Sazonov, Y.I. 2008. Family Alepocephalidae and Platytroctidae. pp. 201-210 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp.

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CAAB Code:37114014

Depth:690-2600 m

Max Size:60 cm SL

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