Pink Flabby Whalefish, Cetostoma regani Zugmayer 1914

Other Names: Longfinned Whalefish

A female Pink Flabby Whalefish, Cetostoma regani - USNM 391656. Source: Sandra Raredon / Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History, Division of Fishes. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike


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Pink Flabby Whalefish, Cetostoma regani Zugmayer 1914

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Recorded in Australia from S of Bruny Island and SE of the Pedra Branca Seamount off southern Tasmania (within the Australian EEZ).
Usually occurs between 700 and 1200 m during the day, with larger specimens found in deeper waters. The nocturnal distribution is between 110-700 m. 


Carnivore - feeds on decapod and euphausiid crustaceans

Species Citation

Cetostoma regani Zugmayer 1914, Bull. l'Institut Océanogr. (Monaco) 288: 4. type locality: Eastern Atlantic, 30°45'30"N, 25°47'W, station 3215, depth 0-2000 m.


Dianne J. Bray

Pink Flabby Whalefish, Cetostoma regani Zugmayer 1914


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CAAB Code:37132003

Depth:0-2250 m

Habitat:Mesopelagic, bathypelagic

Max Size:25 cm SL

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