General: Thick pink body, black-edged dorsal and anal fins, black caudal fin. Small pelvic disc is used to attach to animals like tanner crabs, and frequently to research equipment.
Size: to 54 cm
Ocean range (global): South of Aleutian Islands to Baja California; western North Pacific (Honsu), southeastern Kamchatka to Bering Sea.
Habitat description: Demersal, soft sediment.
Published depth range: 61 - 2286 m, mostly > 400 m.
Verified MBARI depth distribution: to 2062 m (March 2016).
ReferencesEncyclopedia of Life
Tree of Life
World Register of Marine Species
National Center for Biotechnology Information
Love, M.S. (2011). Certainly more than you want to know about the fishes of the Pacific coast. Really Big Press, Santa Barbara CA. 649 pp.
Stein, D.L., J.C. Drazen, K.L. Schlining, J.P. Barry, and L.A. Kuhnz (2006). Snailfishes of the central California coast: video, photographic and morphological observations. Journal of Fish Biology, 69: 970-986.
Fitch, J.E. and R.J. Lavenberg (1968). Deep-water Teleostean Fishes of California. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA. 115 pp.
Citation: Careproctus melanurus (Gilbert, 1892) Deep-Sea Guide (DSG) at http://dsg/mbari.org/dsg/view/concept/Careproctus%20melanurus. Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2020-08-08.