Ventrifossa macroptera Okamura, 1982
Palau grenadier
Ventrifossa macroptera
photo by FAO

 Family:  Macrouridae (Grenadiers or rattails), subfamily: Macrourinae
 Max. size:  40 cm TL (male/unsexed)
 Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 454 - 710 m, non-migratory
 Distribution:  Pacific Ocean: Kyushu-Palau Ridge, southern Japan, southwestern Taiwan, and the Hawaiian Islands.
 Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 2-2; Anal spines: 0-0. Scales with slender, sharp spinules in arranged in widely divergent V rows or irregularly quincunx order. Snout with a black margin along its leading edge and posteriorly over half of supranarial ridges.
 Biology:  Females with ripe eggs were taken in mid-December. Captured in fair numbers during exploratory fishing on the Kyushu-Palau Ridge, but not known from any other area.
 IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated  (Ref. 96402)
 Threat to humans:  harmless
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 Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 03.12.93
 Modified by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 20.06.14

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