Bathypterois longifilis Günther, 1878
Feeler fish
photo by Graham, K.

Family:  Ipnopidae (Deep-sea tripod fishes)
Max. size:  30 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 500 - 5000 m
Distribution:  Southwest Pacific: Australia and New Zealand.
Biology:  Found on the continental slope on soft mud bottoms; deep-sea bottom photographs have shown triple trails made by 'walking' on their pelvic fins and lower tail fin lobe (Ref. 30464). Feeds on small crustaceans and squids (Ref. 5755).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:   

Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 06.03.98
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 04.07.05
Checked by: Froese, Rainer - 04.08.00

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