Animal Species:Banded Cucumberfish, Paraulopus balteatus Gomon 2010

The Banded Cucumberfish was formally named in 2010 by Museum Victoria's Dr Martin Gomon. The species name 'balteatus' comes from Latin and means 'belted or banded'.  This refers to the banding on the sides of the body.

Banded Cucumberfish - head

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Standard Common Name

Banded cucumberfish

Identification

The species looks similar to the Piedtip Cucumberfish, Paraulopus okamurai.  In addition to differences in proportions and fin ray counts, the two species can be distinguished by their colour patterns.  As its name suggests the Banded Cucumberfish has distinct bands on the body compared with brown blotches on the body of the Piedtip Cucumberfish.  In addition the dorsal fin of P. balteatus has a distinct white margin and an obvious dark sub-marginal band.

Size range

It grows to at least 32 cm (standard length).

Distribution

The species occurs in the Tasman Sea at depths between 300 m and 800 m.

The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Click on the map for detailed information.  Source: Atlas of Living Australia.

Paraulopus balteatus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Banded Cucumberfish in the Australian Museums.

What does this mean?

Classification

Species:
balteatus
Genus:
Paraulopus
Family:
Paraulopidae
Order:
Aulopiformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

What does this mean?

References

  1. Gomon, M.F. 2010. A new species of Paraulopus (Aulopiformes: Paraulopidae) from seamounts of the Tasman Sea. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 67: 15–18.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags Banded cucumberfish, Paraulopus balteatus, Paraulopidae, fishes, ichthyology,