Bathypterois grallator

Alternate names: tripodfish

Author: (Goode and Bean, 1886)


General: Elongate pelvic and caudal fin rays hold body above the sediment. The rays appeared flexible when the fishes swims and stiff when they were perched on the bottom. They perch on substrate with these fin rays and face the current to feed.

Size: Maximum length 36.8 cm.

Geographic Information

Ocean range (global): Eastern Atlantic, scattered records in the Mediterranean, off Cape Blanc in Mauritania, Azores, Gulf of Guinea and off equatorial Africa. Western Atlantic from USA to Gulf of Mexico including Caribbean and along Rio Grande Rise. Western Indian Ocean: Mozambique Channel. Elsewhere, equatorial western Pacific and eastern Pacific.

Habitat description: Bathydemersal.

Additional Information


Encyclopedia of Life

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World Register of Marine Species

National Center for Biotechnology Information

Citation: Bathypterois grallator ((Goode and Bean, 1886)) Deep-Sea Guide (DSG) at http://dsg/ Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2020-10-24.
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