Scopelogadus beanii (Günther, 1887)
Bean's bigscale
Scopelogadus beanii
photo by SFSA

 Family:  Melamphaidae (Bigscale fishes or ridgeheads)
 Max. size:  12.2 cm SL (female)
 Environment:  bathypelagic; depth range 0 - 2500 m
 Distribution:  Southwest Pacific: New South Wales, Australia (Ref. 7300) and New Zealand (Ref. 5755). Southeast Pacific: Chile (Ref. 9068). Also in the Atlantic and southern Indian Oceans.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 2-2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 10-11; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 7-9. Caudal peduncle relatively long. Lower 4th gill arch with the inter-raker spaces with spines (Ref. 37108).
 Biology:  One of the largest and deepest-dwelling melamphid species. Feeds mainly on pelagic prey. Captured by bottom and midwater trawls (Ref. 26478). Minimum depth from Ref. 58018.
 IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Torres, Armi G. - 06.03.94
 Modified by: Ortañez, Auda Kareen - 31.10.08
 Checked by: Moore, Jon A. - 05.10.95

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