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.
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.
ReferencesEncyclopedia of Life
Tree of Life
World Register of Marine Species
National Center for Biotechnology Information
Citation: Bathypterois grallator ((Goode and Bean, 1886)) Deep-Sea Guide (DSG) at http://dsg/mbari.org/dsg/view/concept/Bathypterois%20grallator. Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2020-08-14.