Paraliparis penicillus Baldwin & Orr, 2010
Comet snailfish
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Family:  Liparidae (Snailfishes)
Max. size:  7.73 cm SL (female)
Environment:  pelagic-oceanic; depth range 722 - 1003 m
Distribution:  Northeast Pacific: Eastern Bering Sea.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 51-55; Anal soft rays: 46-49; Vertebrae: 56-60. This species is distinguished from its congeners in having the following set of character states: deep, rounded head; small, terminal, horizontal mouth; dorsally notched and triangular opercular flap; simple teeth; high tooth-row count, up to 12 teeth in 31-33 rows; 17-19 pectoral-fin rays, with 4-5 comprising the lower lobe; 56-60 vertebrae; 51-55 dorsal-fin rays; 46-49 anal-fin rays; 6-7 principal caudal-fin rays; small gill slit, wholly above pectoral-fin or reaching ventrally in front of rays 3-4; 8-10 pyloric caeca; peritoneum black; stomach, intestine, and pyloric caeca unpigmented; body pale anteriorly, increasingly more pigmented posteriorly, and tail partially orange in life (Ref. 86268).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 05.07.12

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