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Author: Merrett, 1980

Coelorhynchus abditilux Merrett, 1980

Diagnosis: snout moderate, about one third head length, bluntly pointed, with prominent spiny ridge extending back below eye, the latter larger than snout length; chin barbel small; mouth inferior, small and protractile. No outer gillrakers on first arch. First dorsal fin with 9-11 finrays, the second of which is a smooth, flexible spine; second dorsal fin well separated from first, with very short finrays; pectoral fin with 17-18 finrays; pelvic fin with 7 finrays. Scales with small spinules in divergent rows. Pyloric caeca 19-22, slender and simple. No black scaleless patch on midline of belly, but a minute light organ immediately before anus. Colour: generally brown, lips pallid, as also front of mouth and gill membranes. Size: to 36 cm TL.

Habitat: benthopelagic at 770-1,042 m. Food: small fishes, polychaete worms and crustaceans (isopods, amphipods). Reproduction: no data.

Distribution: south-west of Ireland, on eastern slope of Porcupine Sea-Bight.

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

Merrett's grenadier (Coelorhynchus abditilux)