Paracaristius maderensis (Maul, 1949)
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Family:  Caristiidae (Manefishes)
Max. size:  30 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathypelagic; marine; depth range 100 - 2000 m
Distribution:  North Atlantic. Western Pacific (Kyushu-Palau Ridge) and southern Indian Ocean.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 29-31; Anal soft rays: 18-19; Vertebrae: 35-36. This species is distinguished from P. nemorosus and P. aquilus by the absence of fingerlike papillae along the dorsal margin of the hyoid arch and at the interhyal-posterior ceratohyal articulation, as well as fewer dorsal-fin rays (29-31 vs. 30-33 in P. nemorosus and P. aquilus) and more anal-fin rays (18-19 versus 15-18 in P. nemorosus and P. aquilus); differs from P. nudarcus by the position of the dorsal-fin origin, which is posterior to the orbit in this species (vs. above orbit in P. nudarcus) and by the having multiple rows of jaw teeth (vs. a single row, except near symphyses) (Ref. 87954).
Biology:  A rare species in the warmer parts of the Atlantic (Ref. 41536).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 12 October 2018 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 18.04.96
Modified by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 23.01.15

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