Image: Snailfish on the North West Shelf

Snailfish on the North West Shelf

A snailfish (most likely Paraliparis sp.), photographed at a depth of approximately 1416 m, North West Shelf, 70 km off Barrow Island, Western Australia.  View a movie of this fish swimming.

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SEA SERPENT
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Notes

Thank you to Dr David Stein for identifying the fish.

With support from Chevron Australia Pty Ltd and the Joint Venturers - Shell Development (Australia) Pty Ltd, Mobil Australia Resources Company Pty Ltd and BP Developments Australia Pty Ltd.

Three genera (30 species) of snailfishes are currently known from Australian waters, Careproctus, Paraliparis and Psednos.

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Tags fishes, ichthyology, snailfish, Paraliparis, Liparidae,