Pterygotrigla megalops (Fowler, 1938)
Large eye gurnard
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Family:  Triglidae (Searobins), subfamily: Pterygotriglinae
Max. size:  20 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 340 - 500 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Philippines, Saipan, southern Japan and Australia (off Queensland).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12-12; Anal soft rays: 12-12; Vertebrae: 26-27. This species is distinguished by the following characters: no antrorse AIO spine, long (20-28%SL); pectoral fin reaches just beyond anal fin origin (32-36% SL); eye large (11-15% SL); pterygiophores exposed along base of D1 (large plates including one in advance of first D1 spine) and D2 fins with small spines at ray bases that are directed anteriorly (Ref. 95016).
Biology:  Inhabits continental shelves and insular areas. Rare deepwater species.
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 27.09.95
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 17.02.15

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