Animal Species:Gelatinous Blindfish, Aphyonus gelatinosus Günther, 1878
The Gelatinous Blindfish lives in very deep marine waters. It has a white jelly-like body and tiny eyes.
Gelatinous Blindfish caught during the NORFANZ expedition
Photographer: Kerryn Parkinson © NORFANZ Founding Parties
Standard Common Name
The Gelatinous Blindfish has a white jelly-like body. The dorsal and anal fins are continuous with the caudal fin. Like all aphyonids, the Gelatinous Blindfish has tiny eyes. It lacks scales, swim bladder and pyloric caecae.
The species grows to 15 cm in length.
The Gelatinous Blindfish occurs in most tropical and subtropical regions of oceans. In Australia it is known from off northern Queensland to off central 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
The Gelatinous Blindfish is a benthic species that occurs at depths from 900 m to over 5000 m.
- Nielsen, J.G. 1969. Systematics and biology of the Aphyonidae (Pisces, Ophidioidea). Galathea Report. 10: 7-90, Pls. 1-4.
- Nielsen, J.G., Cohen, D.M., Markle, D.F. & Robins, C.R. 1999. Ophidiiform fishes of the World. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of pearlfishes, cusk-eels, brotulas and other ophidiiform species known to date. FAO Fish. Synop., (125), Vol. 18 pp. 1-178.
Mark McGrouther , Senior Fellow
Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, Gelatinous Blindfish, Aphyonus gelatinosus, Aphyonidae, NORFANZ, deepsea, marine, jelly-like body, white, tiny eyes, 10 cm - 30 cm, tropical water, subtropical water, benthic,