Two-spine Triangular Batfish, Malthopsis mitrigera Gilbert & Cramer 1897


Summary:
A pale greenish-yellow or pinkish-yellow, with juveniles having black fins tips.

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Two-spine Triangular Batfish, Malthopsis mitrigera Gilbert & Cramer 1897

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Distribution

Off Scott Reef, Western Australia, and off Norfolk Ridge in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species is widespread in the Indo-Pacific, including off South Africa, India, the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, and Hawaii, at depths to 742 m.

Features

Dorsal fin 5-6; Pectoral fin 13-15.
Very large, rounded bucklers covering ventral surface; large blunt bucklers covering dorsal surface; subopercular bucklers elongated and curved posteriorly, bearing two anteriorly directed spines; a broad space between rostral spine and illicial trough; and a very broad head (width 19.1%–24.7% SL); very large orbit (11.3%–18.1% SL); interorbital space very broad and flattened (9.6%–11.3% SL); rostral spine short (4.0%–6.8%), directed upward (anterodorsally or vertically), mostly blunt (occasionally sharply pointed); caudal peduncle slender.
Origin of anal fin at or behind vertical axis of rear tip of dorsal fin; anal fin well-separated from caudal-fin base when appressed.

Colour

Body light greenish-yellow or pinkish-yellow, juveniles with black fins tips. In preserative, juveniles have black fin tips.

Two-spine Triangular Batfish, Malthopsis mitrigera Gilbert & Cramer 1897

References


Ho, H.-C., & Last, P.R. 2021. Review of the batfish genus Malthopsis from Australia (Lophiiformes: Ogcocephalidae), with descriptions of five new species. Bulletin of Marine Science 97(1): 165-218 https://doi.org/10.5343/bms.2020.0037

Quick Facts


Behaviour:6 cm SL (Aus)

Depth:215-742 m

Species Maps

CAAB distribution map