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Author: Barnard, 1923

Alepocephalus australis Barnard, 1923

Diagnosis: body fairly elongate and compressed, its greatest depth above pectoral fins. Head large. greater than body depth: eye moderate, equal. to snout (juveniles) or a little less (adults), its hind margin just befort midpoint of head; tip of upper jaw reaching to front margin of eye or to eye centre; gillrakers 6-9 + 1 + 13-18 = 20-27. Dorsal finrays 16-19, pectoral finrays 9-13, pelvic finrays 7-8, anal finrays 17-19, its origin about opposite dorsal fin origin. Colour: purplish-brown. Size: to at least 42 cm.

Habitat: engybenthic at about 1,000-2,600 m. Food: no data. Reproduction: no data.

Distribution: isolated records off Morocco and south-western Ireland Elsewhere, possibly widely distributed from Gulf of Guinea to South Africa and in western Atlantic at about 39° to 10° N.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. No data.
Otoliths ( sagitta). No data.

Southern atlantic smooth-head (Alepocephalus australis)