Psednos balushkini Stein, Chernova & Andriashev, 2001
Palemouth snailfish
Psednos balushkini
photo by Graham, K.

Family:  Liparidae (Snailfishes)
Max. size:  8.4 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 914 - 978 m
Distribution:  Southwest Pacific: Tasman Sea off New South Wales, Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 49-50; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 43-43; Vertebrae: 57-57. Caudal-fin rays 6; depth at occiput 111-123% HL; pectoral fin distinctly notched; 3 notched pectoral radials, with 2 fenestrae; gill opening extending ventrally in front of two pectoral rays; opercular lobe small but distinct; rays of lower pectoral-fin lobe shorter than in the upper; pyloric caeca of similar length, slightly dotted at bases; orobranchial cavity pale scarcely dotted, tongue pale, peritoneum light brown or paler; gill arches not dotted (Ref. 42734).
Biology:  Found on the continental slope. Benthic (Ref. 75154).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 14.07.02
Modified by: OrtaƱez, Auda Kareen - 13.11.08

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