Schedophilus velaini (Sauvage, 1879)
Violet warehou
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Centrolophidae (Medusafishes)
Max. size:  100 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathypelagic; depth range 40 - 500 m
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: Gulf of Guinea (Ref. 2683), St. Helena, Vema Seamount, Tristan da Cunha and South Africa. Western Indian Ocean: St. Paul and Amsterdam islands. Southwest Pacific: Australia (including Lord Howe Island), New Zealand (Ref. 5755) and Rapa Island. Southeast Pacific: Easter Island, Juan Fernandez Islands.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 6-8; Dorsal soft rays (total): 26-29; Anal spines: 3-3; Anal soft rays: 18-20. Dark green dorsally, silvery laterally and ventrally; juveniles mottled (Ref. 11228).
Biology:  Found near islands (Ref. 27000). Feeds on planktonic salps, cephalopods and small fishes (Ref. 11228). Minimum depth reported from Ref. 11228.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 22 May 2014 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 27.02.97
Modified by: Sampang-Reyes, Arlene G. - 06.04.10

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