Beryx splendens

Author: Lowe, 1834

Beryx splendens Lowe, 1834

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Beryx splendens Lowe, 1834 (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: greatest depth of body 33-40% SL. Head about 34-36% of SL. Orbit about 45% of head length. Depth of caudal peduncle about 30% of head length. D IV + (13)14 (15). Total gillrakers 25-27. Pyloric caeca 23-30. Colour: same as B. decadactylus. Size: normally 25-35 cm or exceptionally to 40 cm SL. Small specimens may have greatly prolonged anterior soft dorsal rays.

Habitat: common at 400-600 m depth off the coast of Madeira where this species and the preceding one seem to live in close proximity since the catches appearing at the Funchal fish market generally contain both forms, but usually there are about 100 of the present species to 10 of B. decadactylus. Food: no data. Reproduction: no data.

Distribution: in the eastern Atlantic common, around the North Atlantic islands of Madeira, the Canaries and the Azores, also known from Spain, Portugal and Morocco and as far south as South Africa. In the western Atlantic, from the Gulf of Maine to the Gulf of Mexico. In the Pacific from Japan and Australia.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. No data.
Otoliths (sagitta). Shepherd, 1922: 138.