Bathochordaeus charon

Alternate names: larváceo gigante

Author: Chun, 1900


General: Tadpole-like body. Secretes a pair of filters, including a rippled internal filter and a more diffuse outer filter that may be up to 1 meter across. Note the large chambers.

Size: Greater than 50 mm total length.

Geographic Information

Ocean range (global): Worldwide. In northeast Pacific Ocean, known from Oregon and Central California.

Habitat description: Mesopelagic.

Additional Information

Looks like: Bathochordaeus stygius.

Key visual features: Body is larger in size relative to the internal filter compared to B. stygius. Inner mucous filter has fewer chambers than thsoe secreted by B. stygius.


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Sherlock, R.E., K.R. Walz, and B.H. Robison (2016). The first definitive record of the giant larvacean, Bathochordaeus charon, since its original description in 1900 and a range extension to the northeast Pacific Ocean. Marine Biodiversity Records, 9: 79.

Citation: Bathochordaeus charon (Chun, 1900) Deep-Sea Guide (DSG) at http://dsg/ Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2022-12-05.
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