Coelorinchus caribbaeus (Goode & Bean, 1885)
Blackfin grenadier
Coelorinchus caribbaeus
photo by NOAA\NMFS\Mississippi Laboratory

Family:  Macrouridae (Grenadiers or rattails), subfamily: Macrourinae
Max. size:  45 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; depth range 200 - 700 m, non-migratory
Distribution:  Western Central Atlantic: Cape Hatteras, USA to northern Brazil. Absent in Straits of Florida, uncommon to the north and along Antillean chain.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 2-2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 25-39. Head large; eyes large; snout pointed; body tapering to a point posteriorly from behind the first dorsal-fin base; light organ large, a broadly lenticular to oval black naked fossa between and somewhat anterior to the pelvic fin bases; scales covered with fine conical spinules except posteriorly and ventrally on trunk and tail where the spinules are broader; color is swarthy overall with a silvery tinge over the abdomen and gill covers in fresh specimens (Ref. 1371).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (119314)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Froese, Rainer - 01.05.91
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 29.04.09

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