Coryphaenoides macrocephalus

Author: Maul, 1951

Coryphaenoides macrocephalus Maul, 1951

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Coryphaenoides rudis G√ľnther, 1878 (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: head fairly broad, length about 20% of body length; snout rather blunt in adults (more pointed in young), its tip and angles with only small scutes, no sub-orbital ridge, scales present above and below snout; chin barbel moderate, more than half eye diameter; mouth large, becoming almost terminal in adults, teeth rather large, in fairly wide bands, outer row in upper jaw enlarged, inner row of lower jaw generally enlarged. First dorsal fin with 12-13 finrays, the second finray serrated, its origin a little behind pectoral fin base; second dorsal fin well separated from first, with very short finrays; pectoral fin with 17-22 finrays; pelvic fin with 9-11 (usually 10) finrays. Scales with fairly numerous small spinules in irregular rows. Pyloric caeca 12-16. Colour: medium to light brown, the fins, lips and branchiostegal membrane blackish or dark brown; gular membrane and barbel usually pale brown or pale brownish grey. Size: to just over 1 m TL.

Habitat: benthopelagic at 600-2,000 m. Food: no data. Reproduction: no data.

Distribution: off Madeira. Elsewhere, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.

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

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