Psednos micrurus Barnard, 1927
Barnard's dwarf snailfish
Psednos micrurus
photo by SFSA

Family:  Liparidae (Snailfishes)
Max. size:  4.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 1207 - 1280 m
Distribution:  Atlantic Ocean: known only from off Cape Point, South Africa. Probably ranging north to the Madagascar Ridge.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 36-37; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 28-31; Vertebrae: 42-42. This species is characterized by the following: superior and oblique mouth; body high at the occiput (humpbacked); upper nasal pore slightly posterior to vertical through nostril; with coronal pore; infraorbital canal interrupted posterior to the eye; pores of io 5 + 1 = 6; operciular opening above pectoral-fin base; head 24-25%, anteanal distance around half SL (Ref. 44814).
Biology:  Occurs in the continental slope (Ref. 7300).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 19 June 2017 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 18.09.95
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 28.10.05
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 11.01.97

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