Coryphaenoides mediterraneus

Coryphaenoides mediterraneus


A grenadier observed at the Kiwi site. 2900 m in the Eastern Mediterranean. On occasions other individual macrourids, of smaller size than this specimen were observed. These were likely Coryphaenoides mediterraneus based on the known distributions and the more rounded nose than Coryphaenoides guentheri (Vaillant, 1888), another deep-sea macrourid cited in the Ionian Sea to 2600 m (d´Onghia et al., 2004). It should be noted that the possibility that some of these specimens belong to this species cannot be excluded.

Item Type:Image
Title:Coryphaenoides mediterraneus
Creator(s):Gates, Andrew
Identification:Cartes, Joan
Date:17 December 2010
Copyright:SERPENT Project
Classification:Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Chordata (Chordates) > Class Actinopterygii (Ray finned Fish) > Gadiformes (Cods) > Macrouridae (Rattails)
Species:Coryphaenoides mediterraneus
Behaviour:Swimming slowly. Feeds mainly on suprabenthic crustaceans. It was seen close to bait but it was not clear if it was actively attracted to it or simply passing as it made no attempt to feed.
Site:Atlantic > Mediterranean > Eastern Mediterranean > Kiwi
Site Description:Seafloor
Depth (m):2720m
Latitude:32 deg 15' 33" N
Longitude:28 deg 38' 45" W
Countries:North Africa > Egypt
North Africa > Egypt
Substratum:deep-sea mud
Rig:Discoverer Americas
Project Partners:Statoil, Transocean, Oceaneering
Deposited By:Dr Andrew Gates
Deposited On:27 February 2012

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