Animal Species:Common Veilfin, Metavelifer multiradiatus (Regan, 1907)

The Common Veilfin occurs in the Indo-west and Central Pacific. It is a benthic species that occurs in continental shelf waters.

Standard Common Name

Common Veilfin

Identification

The Common Veilfin is a deep bodied, compressed fish that has a notched interorbital region. The body is covered with weakly attached cycloid scales. Scaly dermal sheaths extend onto the dorsal, anal and caudal fins. The body is silvery with darkish bars.

The family Veliferidae is in need of revision. There are currently two recognised genera, Velifer and Metavelifer. Some ichthyologists believe that there should only be one genus.

Size range

It grows to about 49 cm in length.

Distribution

The Common Veilfin occurs in the Indo-west and Central Pacific.

In Australia it is known off northern to central New South Wales and from the central coast of South Australia to the north-western coast of Western Australia.

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

Metavelifer multiradiatus

Distribution by collection data

Ozcam map of Common Veilfin specimens in the Australian Museums.

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Habitat

The Common Veilfin is a benthic species that occurs in continental shelf waters in depths between 30 m and 240 m.

Classification

Species:
multiradiatus
Genus:
Metavelifer
Family:
Veliferidae
Order:
Lampridiformes
Class:
Actinopterygii
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Phylum:
Chordata
Kingdom:
Animalia

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References

  1. Glover, C.J.M. in Gomon, M.F., Glover, C.J.M. & R.H. Kuiter (Eds). 1994. The Fishes of Australia's South Coast. State Print, Adelaide. Pp. 992.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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