Balloon Fishbat, Coelophrys brevipes Smith & Radcliffe 1912

Other Names: Balloon Seabat

A Balloon Seabat, Coelophrys brevipes. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

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Balloon Fishbat, Coelophrys brevipes Smith & Radcliffe 1912

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Off Bawley Point, near Ulladulla, New South Wales, and north of Exmouth, Western Australia. Elsewhere the species occurs in the east-Indo-west Pacific.


Dorsal fin 6; Anal fin 4; Vertebrae 16. Eye large, 4.6-5.3 in HL; width of illicial cavity equal to eye diameter; tubercules on lateral surface of the body simple. 


The specific name brevipes is from the Latin brevis (= short) and pes (= foot), possibly in reference to the 'small' pelvic fins.

Species Citation

Coelophrys brevipes Smith & Radcliffe in Radcliffe 1912, Proceedings of the United States National Museum 42(1896): 213, pls 25 (fig. 2), 26 (fig. 2), 27 (fig. 2). Type locality: Gulf of Boni, 3°32'40"S, 120°31'30"E, Sulawesi, Indonesia, Albatross station 5658, depth 510 fathoms.


Bray, D.J. 2022


Atlas of Living Australia

Balloon Fishbat, Coelophrys brevipes Smith & Radcliffe 1912


Bradbury, M.G. 1967. The genera of batfishes (Ogcocephalidae). Copeia 1967(2): 399–422.

Bradbury, M.G. 1999. Family Ogcocephalidae. pp. 2023-2025 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. 

Endo, H.& Shinohara, G. 1999. A new batfish, Coelophrys bradburyae (Lophiiformes: Ogcocephalidae) from Japan, with comments on the evolutionary relationships of the genus. Ichthyological Research 46(4): 359-365.

Roa-Varón, A. & Iwamoto, T. 2019. Coelophrys brevipes. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T140202440A140323098. Accessed on 05 July 2022.

Smith, H.M. & Radcliffe, L. in Radcliffe, L. 1912. New pediculate fishes from the Philippine Islands and contiguous waters. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 42(1896): 199-214 pls 16-27 See ref at BHL

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CAAB Code:37212010

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:695-1,260 m

Habitat:Soft sediment areas

Max Size:5 cm TL

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