Coelorinchus shcherbachevi Iwamoto & Merrett, 1997
False duckbill whiptail
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Family:  Macrouridae (Grenadiers or rattails)
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Environment:  bathydemersal; marine; depth range 790 - 835 m
Distribution:  Western Central Pacific: known only from south of New Caledonia on the Loyalty Ridge.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 2-2. Snout 2.5 in HL; viewed dorsally somewhat duck-bill shaped, lateral margins convex, completely supported by bone; terminal scute blunt; orbits large, about equal to interorbital width, 1.6-1.7 in snout. Subopercle terminates in slender acute flap. Dermal window of light organ prominent, immediately anterior to periproct, length about 1/3 orbit diameter. Anus slightly removed from anal fin. Underside of head covered with numerous dark filamentous and flaplike papillae; almost entirely naked except for patch above end of lower jaw and at end of preopercle; nasal fossa scaled over entire ventral surfaces. Spinules on body scales strong, bladelike, with broad buttresses; arranged in 4 or 5 divergent rows. First dorsal fin uniformly dark; other fins dark to dusky; mouth dark.
Biology:  A benthic species found on the continental slope (Ref. 75154). Minimum depth from Ref. 58018.
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 04 February 2009 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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