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Author: Günther, 1887

Melanocetus murrayi Günther, 1887

Diagnosis: females with least outside width between frontals 9.1-17.8% SL; illicial length 23.1-37.2% SL. D 12-14; P 15-18. Skin thin, easily torn. Males, juvenile females and larvae without concentration of subdermal pigment on caudal peduncle. Other characters in key.

Habitat: 1,000-3,000 m, rarely in lesser depths. Food, Reproduction: see suborder.

Distribution: all oceans. Northernmost record in Clofnam area 61° N.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Bertelsen, 1951: 45-47, fig. 16A-H I Maul, 1962: 37-39, fig. 3. Otoliths (sagitta). No data.

Melanocetus murrayi