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Author: Le Danois, 1913

Gymnelus retrodorsalis Le Danois, 1913

Diagnosis. body slender, elongate, its depth 6-7% TL at anal origin. Dorsal fin origin behind vertical of pectoral fin tip; base of latter 3.0-3.7 times in fin length. Vertebrae 96-102; predorsal bones present. Colour: variable, usually light with darker transverse bands; in some specimens there are several bluish-black ocelli on the dorsal fin; anal fin dark in males, but not in females. Size: to 15 cm.

Habitat: benthic on brown mud bottoms at (20) 100-300 m, with temperatures of 0.3-1.5 °C and salinities over 34.5°/oo. Food: no data. Reproduction: probably autumn; eggs few (5-27), about 4.0-4.5 mm diameter.

Distribution: Greenland, Jan Mayen and Spitsbergen, northern parts of Barents and Kara Seas, north-western part of Laptev Sea, Canadian Arctic.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. Johansen, 1912: 664 | Soldatov, 1923: 56 | Andriashev, 1954: 264.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.

Gymnelus retrodorsalis