Animal Species:Longray Spiderfish, Bathypterois longifilis (Günther, 1878)
The Longray Spiderfish has tiny needle-like teeth in both jaws. The species occurs in marine waters of Australia and New Zealand.
The Longray Spiderfish has a moderately elongate body that is covered with deciduous cycloid scales. It has an elongate lower caudal fin lobe and elongate pelvic fins. There are tiny needle-like teeth in both jaws.
The species grows to 30 cm in length.
The Longray Spiderfish occurs in marine waters of Australia and New Zealand. In Australia it is known from off southern Queensland to off southern New South Wales.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
Distribution by collection data
It is a benthic species that lives in depths from 500 m to 5000 m.
Feeding and Diet
Dietary items include crustaceans and squid.
- Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & G.R. Allen. 2006. Fishes. In Beesley, P.L. & A. Wells. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Volume 35. ABRS & CSIRO Publishing: Australia. parts 1-3, pages 1-2178.
- Sulak, K.J. 1977. The systematics and biology of Bathypterois (Pisces, Chlorophthalmidae) with a revised classification of benthic myctophiform fishes. Galathea Report. 14: 49-108.
Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology