Animal Species:Manefish, Caristius sp
Manefishes typically have a flabby compressed body. They live in temperate marine waters of all oceans except the north-eastern Pacific.
Standard Common Name
Manefishes typically have a flabby compressed body and a high dorsal fin. They have short steep snouts and large eyes. The long pelvic fins fold down into a shallow groove. These fishes are pinkish brown to black with black fins.
The manefishes (family Caristiidae) are in need of taxonomic revision. The family is currently believed to contain two genera and at least four species. C. groenlandicus and C. macropus probably occur in Australian waters, along with one potentially undescribed species.
Manefishes grow to about 60 cm in length.
Manefishes occur in temperate marine waters of all oceans except the north-eastern Pacific.
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
- 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.
- Paxton, J.R. 2001. Caristiidae. in Carpenter, K.E. & V.H. Niem (Eds). FAO Species Identification Guide for Fishery Purposes. The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. Volume 5. Bony fishes part 3 (Menidae to Pomacentridae). FAO, Rome. Pp. iii-iv, 2791-3379.
Mark McGrouther , Senior Fellow
Tags Manefish, Caristius, Caristiidae, fishes, ichthyology, flabby body, compressed body, temperate water, marine, steep snout, large eyes, pinkish brown, black fins, 30 cm - 1 m, epipelagic, mesopelagic, bathypelagic,