Maulisia argipalla

Author: Matsui and Rosenblatt, 1979

Maulisia argipalla Matsui and Rosenblatt, 1979

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Maulisia argipalla Matsui and Rosenblatt, 1979 (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: body compressed, head large, almost one-third of body length, widest point formed by frontals. Snout pointed, premaxillary tusks pointing straight forward. Gillrakers 23-27 (15-18 on lower limb), median ceratobranchial rakers on second arch usually absent, rarely a few. Branchiostegal rays usually 8 (sometimes 9). Pyloric caeca 6 8. Dorsal fin far back on body, with 17-20 finrays; pectoral fins small, with (16) 17-19 finrays, pelvic fins at about midpoint of body, with 7-8 (usually 7) finrays; anal fin origin about opposite that of dorsal fin, with 15-18 finrays. Light organs present; organ on underside of caudal peduncle (ICO) single; those between bases of pectoral and pelvic fins round. Lateral line scales about 80-97. Colour: uniformly dark to uniform pale gold. Size: to 19 cm.

Habitat: mesopelagic, at 850-1,000 m. Food: no data. Reproduction: no data.

Distribution: Madeira. Elsewhere, eastern Pacific, but more widespread since records of M. mauli from Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean localities refer to this species. West Africa (22° 30' N.)