There are two very closely related species, B. viridensis and B. guentheri that occur mainly as geographic cognates, but co-occur in the eastern Atlantic off western Africa. They differ in the lateral extent and placement of the black color sections along the body (aside from other more technical details). In B. guentheri, the band under the dorsal fin is black (of total of two black bands). In B. viridensis, it is white (of total of three black bands), as in these images.

Item Type:Image
Creator(s):Gates, AR
Identification:Sulak, Ken
Date:30 October 2016
Copyright:SERPENT project
Classification:Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Chordata (Chordates) > Class Actinopterygii (Ray finned Fish) > Order Aulopiformes (Grinners, Lizardfishes) > Ipnopidae
Species:Bathypterois viridensis
Behaviour:Swimming above seabed.
Site:Atlantic > South Atlantic > Nigeria
Atlantic > Central Atlantic > Nigeria
Site Description:Seafloor
Depth (m):993m
Latitude:4 deg 33' 00" N
Longitude:4 deg 36' 00" E
Countries:West Africa > Nigeria
Keywords:Tripodfish; Bathypterois
Deposited By:Mr Rob Curry
Deposited On:02 August 2018

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