Coryphaenoides serrulatus Günther, 1878
Serrulate whiptail
photo by FAO

Family:  Macrouridae (Grenadiers or rattails)
Max. size:  45 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; marine; depth range 540 - 2070 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Southwest Pacific: New Zealand, Tasman Sea, south of Tasmania, southeast Australia (Victoria), and possibly also across the Indian Ocean (Ref. 1371). A possible subspecies, Coryphaenoides serrulatus oceanus from the Indian Ocean (Walters Shoals south of Madagascar to Broken Ridge in 870-1,255 m) is recognized by Iwamoto and Shcherbachev (Ref. 10993).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 2-2; Anal spines: 0-0. Head of moderate-size, its underside scaled; sensory pores on head prominent; eyes relatively large; snout blunt, its tip and lateral angles with large, stout tubercular scutes. Scales adherent, densely covered with distinctly shield-shaped imbricate spinules. Pyloric caeca short, directed anteriorly, 10 to 12; retia mirabilia 6. Overall color is brownish gray; fins dusky; oral and branchial cavities blackish.
Biology:  A benthic species (Ref. 75154) recorded from the continental slope (Ref. 9563, 75154).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 20.10.93
Modified by: Ortañez, Auda Kareen - 09.09.08

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