Coelorinchus obscuratus McMillan & Iwamoto, 2009
photo by McMillan & Iwamoto

 Family:  Macrouridae (Grenadiers or rattails), subfamily: Macrourinae
 Max. size:  45 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 1013 - 1460 m
 Distribution:  Western Pacific, known only from the continental slope of the West Norfolk ridge west of New Zealand and the Norfolk Ridge south of New Caledonia.
 Diagnosis:  This species is distinguished by the following characters: almost no scales on the ventral surface of the head; nasal fossa with a large scaleless area anteriorly extending to nasal ridge and ventrally to or near suborbital ridge; lacks external evidence of a light organ; anus immediately before anal fin origin; long snout, about 2.0-2.3 into head length (HL), with strong terminal scute, which is elongate ventrally, anterolateral margins not completely supported by bone; grayish brown body, no prominent marking s; narrow blackish eye ring; dusky to black lips, mouth, and gill cavities (Ref. 80968).
 Biology:  Apparently a deepwater species and have a very low abundance as it was taken only in small numbers (Ref. 80968).
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 01.07.09

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