Mediterranean Dealfish, Trachipterus trachypterus (Gmelin 1789)


Other Names: Peregrin Dealfish

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Bray, D.J. 2021, Trachipterus trachypterus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 30 Sep 2022, https://fishesofaustralia.net.au/home/species/5387

Mediterranean Dealfish, Trachipterus trachypterus (Gmelin 1789)

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Distribution

Port Phillip Bay and Apollo Bay, Victoria, and southern Tasmania. Due to the confusion of the two species found in Australian waters, the distribution of this species is probably more widespread. Elsewhere it occurs in the tropical, temperate, eastern Atlantic Indo-Pacific. Inhabits epi- and mesopelagic waters in depths to 1355 m.

Feeding

Feeds on pelagic crustaceans, small fishes and squids.

Biology

Juveniles swim near the surface, trailing elongate dorsal and pelvic fin rays, to resemble the trailing tentacles of jellyfish.

Species Citation

Cepola trachyptera Gmelin 1789, Pisces in Linnaeus, C. (ed.) Systema Naturae. Vol. 1 Pt 3: 1187. Type locality: Adriatic Sea (Mediterranean Sea).

Author

Bray, D.J. 2021

Resources

Atlas of Living Australia

Mediterranean Dealfish, Trachipterus trachypterus (Gmelin 1789)

References


Bray, D.J. 2008. Family Trachipteridae, pp. 299, in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. (as Trachipterus arawatae, in part)

Bray, D.J. 2008. Family Trachipteridae, pp. 299, in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. (as Trachipterus arawatae, in part)

Clarke, F.E. 1881. Description of a new species of Trachypterus. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute 13(21): 195-199 1 fig. (described as Trachypterus arawatae)

Gmelin, J.F. 1789. Pisces. pp. 1126-1516 in Linnaeus, C. (ed.) Systema Naturae. Leiden : Delamollière Vol. 1 Pt 3. See ref at BHL

Heemstra, P.C. & Kannemeyer, S.X. 1986. Trachipteridae. pp. 399-402  in Smith, M.M. & P.C. Heemstra (eds) Smiths' sea fishes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin.

Martin, J.M. & Hilton, E.A. 2021. A taxonomic review of the family Trachipteridae (Acanthomorpha: Lampridiformes), with an emphasis on taxa distributed in the western Pacific Ocean. Zootaxa 5039(3): 301–351 https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.5039.3.1

Smith-Vaniz, W.F. 2015. Trachipterus trachypterus . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015: e.T198608A21911495. http://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T198608A21911495.en. Downloaded on 08 January 2020.

Stewart, A.L. 2015. 93 Family Trachipteridae. pp. 689-693 in Roberts, C.D., Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. The Fishes of New Zealand. Wellington : Te Papa Press Vol. 3 pp. 577-1152.

Quick Facts


CAAB Code:37271004

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:0-1355 m

Habitat:Epi-mesopelagic, oceanic

Max Size:250 cm TL

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