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Species Coryphaenoides filicauda Günther, 1878

Humphead Whiptail, Finetail Rattail

  • Type data:
     Lectotype BMNH 1887.12.7.96 (Bailly et al. 1999 suggested that the lectotype and parlectotypes were designated by Wheeler & O'Riordan 1969, p. 95, but Wheeler & O'Riordan only listed material as syntypes; we are not aware of the first designation of the lectotype other than Bailly et al. 1999), off Valparaíso, Chile, 3951 m. [33°32´S, 74°43´W].
    Paralectotype(s) BMNH 1887.12.7.95; BMNH 1887.12.7.97; MNHP 1890-0128 (ex BMNH); NMI 114.1899 2 specimens (poor condition); ZIL 11720 (ex BMNH).




New South Wales, Tasmania, Victoria

Extra Distribution Information

East of Tuncurry, NSW (32°05'S, 153°08'E) to south of Bruny Island, TAS (44°20'S, 147°22'E), also Lord Howe Rise, Tasman Sea, and just south of Macquarie Island territorial waters; temperate, southern circumglobal.

IBRA and IMCRA regions (map not available)


Tasmania Province (10), Southeast Transition (11), Central Eastern Province (12), Lord Howe Province (14)

Ecological Descriptors

Benthic, continental slope.

Extra Ecological Information

1542-2001 m


General References

Bailly, N., Hureau, J.-C. & Pruvost, P. 1999. Catalogue critique des types de poissons du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (et des Musées d'histoire naturelle en région) (Suite) Ordre des Gadiformes. Cybium 23(3): 219-245 [225]

Bray, D.J., Hoese, D.F., Paxton, J.R. & Gates, J.E. 2006. Macrouridae. pp. 581-607 in Hoese, D.F., Bray, D.J., Paxton, J.R. & Allen, G.R. Fishes. In, Beesley, P.L. & Wells, A. (eds) Zoological Catalogue of Australia. Vol. 35. Volume 35 Australia : ABRS & CSIRO Publishing Parts 1-3, 2178 pp. [592]

Iwamoto, T. 1990. Family Macrouridae. pp. 90-318 in Cohen, D.M., Inada, T., Iwamoto, T. & Scialabba, N. FAO Species Catalogue. Gadiform fishes of the world (order Gadiformes). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of cods, hakes, grenadiers and other gadiform fishes known to date. FAO Fisheries Synopsis No. 125. Rome : FAO Vol. 10 442 pp. [201]

Iwamoto, T. 1990. Macrouridae. pp. 192-206 in Gon, O. & Heemstra, P.C. (eds). Fishes of the Southern Ocean. Grahamstown : J.L.B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology 462 pp. [197]

Iwamoto, T. & Graham, K.J. 2001. Grenadiers (Families Bathygadidae and Macrouridae, Gadiformes, Pisces) of New South Wales, Australia. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 52(21): 407-509 figs 1-114 [463] (and p. 460 as Coryphaenoides carapinus)

Iwamoto, T. & McMillan, P.J. 2008. Family Macrouridae. pp. 320-347 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. [334]

Wheeler, A. & O'Riordan, C.E. 1969. Type material of fishes from the `Challenger' expedition in the National Museum of Ireland. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy. Section B 68(6): 89-100 [95]


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
31-Jul-2018 MACROURIDAE 12-May-2018 MODIFIED Dr Doug Hoese Dr Matthew Lockett
26-Nov-2015 GADIFORMES 20-Nov-2015 MODIFIED Dr Dianne Bray (NMV) Dr Doug Hoese (AM) Dr Matthew Lockett (AM)
27-Jul-2010 MODIFIED