Pelagic Cusk, Pycnocraspedum squamipinne Alcock 1889

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Pelagic Cusk, Pycnocraspedum squamipinne Alcock 1889

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Off Port Hedland, Western Australia. Elsewhere the species occurs in the Indo-west Pacific, from the east coast of Africa to off New Caledonia.

Species Citation

Pycnocraspedum squamipinne Alcock 1889, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 6 4(54, 57): 386. Type locality: Bay of Bengal, 193 fathoms [20°17´30"N, 88°50´E]


Bray, D.J. 2018


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Pelagic Cusk, Pycnocraspedum squamipinne Alcock 1889


Alcock, A.W. 1889. Natural history notes from H.M. Indian Marine Survey Steamer Investigator, Commander Alfred Carpenter, R.N., D.S.O., commanding. — No. 13. On the bathybial fishes of the Bay of Bengal and neighbouring waters, obtained during the seasons 1885–1889. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 6 4(54, 57): 376-399, 450-461 

Evseenko, S.A. & Okiyama, M. 2006. Remarkable ophidiid larva (Neobythitinae) from New Guinean waters. Ichthyological Research 53(2): 192-196. DOI 10.1007/s10228-005-0326-y Abstract

Fricke, R., Kulbicki, M. & Wantiez, L. 2011. Checklist of the fishes of New Caledonia, and their distribution in the Southwest Pacific Ocean (Pisces). Stuttgarter Beiträge zur Naturkunde. Serie A (Biologie) Neue Serie 4: 341-463 

Hutchins, J.B. 2001. Checklist of the fishes of Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 63: 9-50 

Nielsen, J.G. 1997. Deepwater ophidiiform fishes from off New Caledonia with six new species. In, Séret, B. (ed.) Résultats des Campagnes MUSORSTOM, v. 17. Mémoires du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris [1936-1950] 174: 51-82 

Nielsen, J.G. 2010. Pycnocraspedum squamipinne (errata version published in 2017). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T154918A115252441. Downloaded on 21 February 2018.

Nielsen, J.G., Cohen, D.M., Markle, D.F. & Robins, C.R. 1999. Ophidiiform Fishes of the World. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of pearlfishes, cusk-eels, brotulas and other ophidiiform species known to date. FAO Fisheries Synopsis No. 125 Vol. 18. 178 pp. 

Nielsen. J.G. 1999. Families Carapidae, Ophidiidae, Bythitidae, Aphionidae. pp. 1978-1985 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.

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CAAB Code:37228036

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:200-500 m


Max Size:13 cm SL

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