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Author: Goode & Bean, 1886

Coelorhynchus occa Goode & Bean, 1886

Diagnosis: snout long, nearly half length of head, sharply pointed with prominent bony ridge extending back below eye, the latter moderate (about half 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 separated from first, with very short finrays; pectoral fin with 17-20 finrays; pelvic fin with 7 finrays. Scales with small spinules in slightly diverging rows. Pyloric caeca 11, simple. No naked black area on midline of belly. Colour: swarthy to brownish, darker on underside of head; mouth, gill cavity and body cavity black, as also branchiostegal and gular membranes. Size: to over 50 cm TL.

Habitat: benthopelagic at 580-2,220 m. Food: small fishes (myctophids), polychaete worms and crustaceans (pagurids, crabs, shrimps, ostracods, copepods). Reproduction: no data.

Distribution: Atlantic northward to Faroe Channel. Elsewhere, southward to Cape Verde Is., also western Atlantic (Bermuda, Gulf of Mexico, off Surinam).

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

Spear-snouted grenadier (Coelorhynchus occa)