Psednos whitleyi Stein, Chernova & Andriashev, 2001
Bigcheek snailfish
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Family:  Liparidae (Snailfishes)
Max. size:  9.12 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range - 920 m
Distribution:  Eastern Indian Ocean: off northwest Tasmania, Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 48-48; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 41-41; Vertebrae: 56-56. Caudal-fin rays 6; 3 pectoral radials, two upper radials notched, a large fenestra between them; depth at occiput 106% HL; gill opening extending ventrally in front of 4-5 pectoral-fin rays; opercular lobe small but distinct, protruding as a right angle; tongue light dusky; orobranchial cavity dusky, black-dotted; peritoneum and stomach black, anterior part of intestine dark brown to black; pyloric caeca short, similar in length, 3.5-4.5% SL, all dark-dotted; gill arches without melanophores (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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