Neocyttus rhomboidalis Gilchrist, 1906
Spiky oreo
photo by CSIRO

Family:  Oreosomatidae (Oreos), subfamily: Oreosomatinae
Max. size:  40 cm SL (male/unsexed); max.weight: 2,000.0 g; max. reported age: 100 years
Environment:  bathypelagic; marine; depth range 200 - 1240 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Southeast Atlantic: off Walvis Bay, Namibia to Cape Province, South Africa. Southwest Atlantic: off Argentina. Eastern Indian Ocean: southern Australia, from about 26°S in Western Australia to Broken Bay (Ref. 7300), New South Wales. Southwest Pacific: New Zealand.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 33-35; Anal spines: 3-4; Anal soft rays: 30-33. Body grey, fins dark (Ref. 6548).
Biology:  Inhabit continental slopes (Ref. 9563), forming large shoals over rough ground near pinnacles and canyons (Ref. 6390). Juveniles are pelagic and tend to be dispersed over smooth grounds (Ref. 6390). Feed on salps, fish, crustaceans and squid (Ref. 27230). Eggs float near the surface and larvae also inhabit surface waters (Ref. 6390).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 07.03.94
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 22.06.99
Checked by: Agustin, Liza Q. - 31.08.94

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