Paraliparis adustus Busby & Cartwright, 2009
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Family:  Liparidae (Snailfishes)
Max. size:  15 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathypelagic
Distribution:  Northwest Pacific: Bering Sea, Alaska.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 64-64; Anal soft rays: 52-52; Vertebrae: 68-68. The species is distinguished from its congeners by the following set of characters: D 64; A 56; pectoral-fin rays 24; vertebrae 68 (11+57); dorsalmost pectoral-fin ray insertion level with dorsal margin of eye; ventral pectoral-fin lobe with 3 short, thick, fleshy, lightly pigmented rays; mouth reaching posteriorly beyond anterior margin of eye; gill opening entirely above pectoral fin, surrounded with fleshy tissue; long, pointed gill rakers with 0-3 spinules at or near tip; anus positioned forward near the pectoral symphysis; wide caudal fin with 6 rays; pyloric caeca 5; uniformly brown on lateral body and median fins (Ref. 82595).
Biology:  Collected at 640 m in water 3,658 m deep using a Marinovich midwater trawl. The male holotype was with mature testes, and possess a prominent genital papilla, length nearly one-half eye diameter and directed anteriorly (Ref. 82595).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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