Schedophilus huttoni (Waite, 1910)
New Zealand ruffe
photo by FAO

Family:  Centrolophidae (Medusafishes)
Max. size:  90 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathypelagic; marine; depth range 0 - 1000 m, oceanodromous
Distribution:  Southwest Pacific: Australia (including Victoria and Tasmania) and New Zealand. Southeast Pacific: Peru and Chile (Ref. 9068). Western Indian Ocean: South Africa. Atlantic Ocean: northernmost record, 18°S.
Diagnosis:  Plain blackish grey to brown in color (Ref. 4410).
Biology:  Occurs at the edge of the continental shelf and near oceanic islands (Ref. 6942). Adults are demersal on the continental slope in 800 to 1,000 m; subadults and juveniles found in surface waters (Ref. 9563).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 15 May 2013 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 15.05.94
Modified by: Sampang-Reyes, Arlene G. - 21.10.02

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