Coryphaenoides acrolepis

Alternate names: Pacific grenadier, Pacific rattail, roughscale rattail

Author: (Bean, 1884)


Size: To at least 122 cm.

General: Coloration overall silvery grey to greyish-brown in young, turning to chocolate brown or blackish in some adults; fins generally light in juveniles, dark in adults. Difficult to distinguish from C. filifer when dark (see C. acrolepis-filifer complex).

Geographic Information

Published depth range: California: 600 - 2500 m.

Ocean range (global): Southern Bering Sea to central Baja.

Habitat description: Demersal.

Additional Information

Consulting taxonomist: Jeff Drazen, University of Hawai`i at Manoa.


Encyclopedia of Life

Tree of Life

World Register of Marine Species

National Center for Biotechnology Information

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Citation: Coryphaenoides acrolepis ((Bean, 1884) ) Deep-Sea Guide (DSG) at http://dsg/ Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2018-03-19.
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