Branchiostegus wardi Whitley, 1932
Ward's tilefish
Branchiostegus wardi
photo by Justine, J.-L.

Family:  Latilidae (Deepwater tilefishes)
Max. size:  40 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 100 - 250 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Australia, off New Caledonia (Ref. 8991) and Papua New Guinea (Ref. 6192).
Diagnosis:   
Biology:  Occurs in the continental shelf (Ref. 7300). A benthic carnivore feeding on fish (Apogonops anomalous), mollusks, crustaceans (crabs, amphipods, and stomatopods), and polychaetes (Ref. 8991).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Specimen caught near the edge of a barrier reef at 250 m off Nouméa (Fourmanoir pers. Comm.). Also Ref. 75154.

Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 07.09.95
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 27.02.14

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