Ghostly Grenadier, Coryphaenoides leptolepis Günther 1877

A Ghostly Grenadier, Coryphaenoides leptolepis, photographed on the Davidson Seamount off California at a depth of 3158 m. Source: NOAA/Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute / Wikimedia Commons. License: CC by Attribution

A pale deepwater grenadier with dark lips, mouth and gill cavity.

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Bray, D.J. 2022, Coryphaenoides leptolepis in Fishes of Australia, accessed 20 Jun 2024,

Ghostly Grenadier, Coryphaenoides leptolepis Günther 1877

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South of Mallacoota, Victoria, to the Great Australian Bight, South Australia. Elsewhere this bathydemersal species is widespread on the continental slope and abyssal plain in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.


The specific name leptolepis is from the Greek leptos (= thin) and lepis (= scale), in reference to the “thin and deciduous” scales of this species.

Species Citation

Coryphaenoides leptolepis Günther 1877, Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 4 20(56): 441. Type locality: off Pernambuco, coasts of Brazil, Challenger station 122, depth 350 fathoms.


Bray, D.J. 2022


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Ghostly Grenadier, Coryphaenoides leptolepis Günther 1877


Günther, A. 1877. Preliminary notes on new fishes collected in Japan during the expedition of H.M.S. Challenger. Annals and Magazine of Natural History 4 20(56): 433-446

Günther, A. 1887. Report on the deep-sea fishes collected by H.M.S Challenger during the years 1873–1876. Report on the Scientific Results of the Voyage of H.M.S. Challenger 1873–1876, Zoology 22(57): 1-268 figs 1-7 pls 1-66

Iwamoto, T. 1990. Family Macrouridae. pp. 90-318 in Cohen, D.M., Inada, T., Iwamoto, T. & Scialabba, N. FAO Species Catalogue. Gadiform fishes of the world (order Gadiformes). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of cods, hakes, grenadiers and other gadiform fishes known to date. FAO Fisheries Synopsis No. 125. Rome : FAO Vol. 10 442 pp.

Iwamoto, T. 2015. Coryphaenoides leptolepis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T15522140A15603525. Downloaded on 30 May 2017.

Iwamoto, T. & Stein, D.L. 1974. A systematic review of the rattail fishes (Macrouridae: Gadiformes) from Oregon and adjacent waters. Occasional Papers California Academy of Sciences 111: 1-79.

Marshall, N.B. 1973. Genus Malacocephalus Günther 1862. pp. 650-662 in  Cohen, D.M. (ed.) Fishes of the western North Atlantic. Memoir Sears Foundation of Marine Research 1(6): 496-665 figs 1-53

Matarese, A.C., Kendall, A.W. Jr., Blood, D.M. & Vinter, B.M. 1989. Laboratory guide to early life history stages of northeast Pacific fishes. NOAA Technical Report NMFS No. 80: 1-652.

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CAAB Code:37232135

Behaviour:610-4000m (3300-3500m AUS)

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern


Max Size:62 cm TL

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