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Platytroctes apus  Günther, 1878

Legless searsid
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Osmeriformes (Smelts) > Platytroctidae (Tubeshoulders)
Etymology: Platytroctes: Greek, platys = flat + Greek, troktes, -ou = that eats (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Günther.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 385 - 5393 m (Ref. 40846).   Deep-water, preferred ?; 67°N - 21°S, 57°W - 119°E

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Eastern Atlantic: scattered records from Denmark Strait and Bay of Biscay (Ref. 6682) to Gabon (Ref. 4461). Indian, Pacific and western Atlantic: in tropical waters.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 18.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4461)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 20; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 17. Body highly compressed and flabby; body leaf-like in appearance; no nodular luminous organ on body, upper and lower edges of caudal peduncle fringed by black presumably luminous tissue; pectoral fin tiny; body dark brown; opercular region, shoulder luminous organ, and anus black (Ref. 13608).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Reported to reach the depth of 5,393 m (R.E. Pohl, pers. comm., 28/11/01).

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Quéro, J.-C., T. Matsui, R.H. Rosenblatt and Y.I. Sazonov, 1984. Searsiidae. p. 256-267. In P.J.P. Whitehead, M.-L. Bauchot, J.-C. Hureau, J. Nielsen and E. Tortonese (eds.) Fishes of the north-eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean. UNESCO, Paris. Vol. 1. (Ref. 6682)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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