Caristius barsukovi Kukuev, Parin & Trunov, 2013

Family:  Caristiidae (Manefishes)
Max. size:  19.8 cm SL (male/unsexed); 21.6 cm SL (female)
Environment:  bathypelagic; marine; depth range 490 - 900 m
Distribution:  Atlantic from Namibia to Discovery Seamount.
Diagnosis:  This species is distinguished by the following characters: very short gill rakers, more than 2 times length of gill filaments and 7-9 times its orbit; flattened, with two denticles on slightly widened apex, sparsely located on branchial arch (distance between rakers approximately equal to their length); dorsal-fin rays 35-37; anal-fin rays 21-22; gill rakers on first branchial arch 17-18; anterior contour of head is steep; head rather large (with 27-31% SL), its length 3.5 times in SL, as a rule, greater or equal to ventroanal distance; distinct lateral line (Ref. 95096).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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