Brown Brotula, Cataetyx niki Cohen 1981


Brown Brotula, Cataetyx niki. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

Summary:
A very large robust cusk eel with a mottled dark brownish-black head and a dark brown body and fins, a broad depressed snout, and a strong spine present at the upper angle of the opercle.

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Bray, D.J. 2021, Cataetyx niki in Fishes of Australia, accessed 29 Nov 2022, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/4599

Brown Brotula, Cataetyx niki Cohen 1981

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Distribution

Off Broken Bay, New South Wales, to south of Warrnambool, Victoria, and off Tasmania. Elsewhere the species has a discontinuous distribution in the temperate east Atlantic and west Pacific.

Features

Dorsal fin 91-95; Anal fin 69-77; Pectoral fin 29-30; Vertebrae 54-56. 
Body stout, rounded; dorsal, anal and caudal fins continuous; snout depressed, about twice as broad as long; eye below the upper profile of the head; strong spine present at upper angle of opercle; no spine at rear nostril or pectoral-fin base.

Etymology

This species is named for Dr. Nikolaii V. Parin.

Species Citation

Cataetyx niki Cohen 1981, Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 94(4): 1096, fig. 7. Type locality: Eastern Atlantic, 35°04'S, 24°20'E, depth 1000 m.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2021

Resources

Atlas of Living Australia

Brown Brotula, Cataetyx niki Cohen 1981

References


Cohen, D.M. 1981. New and rare ophidiiform fishes from the eastern Atlantic: Canary Islands to the Cape of Good Hope. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 94(4): 1085-1103 figs 1-7 See ref at BHL

Cohen D. M. 1986. Family No. 98: Bythitidae. pp. 354-356 in Smith, M.M. & Heemstra, P.C. (eds). Smith's Sea Fishes. Johannesburg : Macmillan South Africa xx + 1047 pp. 144 pls. See ref at BHL

Gomon, M.F. 2008. Family Bythitidae. pp. 356-359 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. 

McMillan, P.J., Francis, M.P., Paul, L.J., et al. 2011. New Zealand fishes. Volume 2: A field guide to less common species caught by bottom and midwater fishing. New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No.78, 184 pp.

Møller, P.R., Knudsen, W., Schwarzhans, W. & Nielsen, J.G. 2016. A new classification of viviparous brotulas (Bythitidae) – with family status for Dinematichthyidae – based on molecular, morphological and fossil data. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 100: 391-408 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2016.04.008

Møller, P.R. & Nielsen, J.G. 2015. 98 Family Bythitidae. pp. 720-735, in Roberts, C.D., Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. The Fishes of New Zealand. Wellington : Te Papa Press Vol. 3 pp. 577-1152.

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. 

Paulin, C., Stewart, A., Roberts, C. & McMillan, P. 1989. New Zealand fish: a complete guide. National Museum of New Zealand Miscellaneous Series 19: 1-279

Prokofiev, A.M. 2005. On some rare ophidiiform fishes from the South Atlantic and Indo - West Pacific, with erection of a new genus, Megacataetyx gen. novum (Teleostei: Ophidiiformes). Estestvennye i Tekhnicheskie Nauki [Natural and Technical Sciences] 2: 111-128. (as Megacataetyx niki)

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CAAB Code:37228018

Depth: 830-1200 m

Max Size:64 cm TL

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