Coccorella atlantica

Author: Parr, 1928

Coccorella atlantica Parr, 1928

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Coccorella atlantica (Parr, 1928) (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis: typically with 6 pores in the frontal canal commissure of the cephalic latero-sensory system. Inter-orbital width 3.2 to 4.7 SL. Dorsal finrays 11-13, anal finrays 26-30. Colour: in alcohol, dark brown without stripes, bars or other markings; if well preserved, has a brassy-green iridescent layer along flanks, beneath eyes and on cheeks. Size: to 184.5 mm SL.

Habitat: oceanic, mesopelagic; most adults (over 50 mm SL) are taken in hauls to depths exceeding 5O0 m, but both juveniles and adults have often been taken in hauls to I00-400 m. Most larvae (under 30 mm SL) are taken in hauls to 50-125 m. Larvae and small juveniles taken throughout the year. Food: fishes and squids, perhaps with preference for the latter. Reproduction: no data.

Distribution: the Azores and Madeira. Elsewhere, central areas of all the oceans.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Schmidt, 1918: 33-34, fig. 22 | Roule and Angel, 1930: 60, pl. 3 (fig. 77-79) | Rofen, 1966: 534-535, fig. 188B and 196.
Otoliths (sagitta). Kotthaus, 1972: fig. 105.