Careproctus melanurus

Alternate names: blacktail snailfish

Author: Gilbert, 1892


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

Geographic Information

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.

Additional Information

Verified MBARI depth distribution: to 2062 m (March 2016).


Encyclopedia 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/ Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2021-05-06.
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