Chalinura leptolepis

Author: Günther, 1877

Chalinura leptolepis Günther, 1877

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Coryphaenoides leptolepis Günther, 1877 (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: body fairly stout, tapering evenly to tail; head about one-fifth of body length. Snout broad, almost vertical in front; inter-orbital space narrow, less than one-quarter head length; mouth subterminal and large, premaxilla 37.8-44.6% head length; chin barbel about equal to eye, more than 15% head length. First dorsal fin with 10 finrays, second dorsal fin beginning a short distance behind vertical from anal fin origin; pectoral fin with 19-20 finrays; pelvic fin with 9 finrays, its insertion below or a little before pectoral fin base (the latter conspicuously before first dorsal fin origin), outer finray elongated. Pyloric caeca 7, thin and simple. Colour: body pale, the lips, mouth and gill cavity dark. Size: to at least 62 cm TL.

Habitat: benthopelagic at 610-4,000 m, mainly 1,900-3,700 m. Food: no data. Reproduction: no data.

Distribution: Atlantic, off southern Portugal. Elsewhere, western Atlantic (31-41° N and 65-78° W), also Mid-Atlantic Ridge and off northeastern Brazil.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. No data.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.