General: Light to bright white with deeper-living specimens gray. Sloped snout. Very thin tapering tail which is usually reddish-brown, but all white specimens have been occasionally observed. In darker specimens, pre-opercular lower lobe is prominent (see image 3). The orbital ring is mostly black all the way around. Nostrils dark, relatively long chin barbel. Outer pelvic ray long, first dorsal ray often black.
Published depth range: California: 2,000 - 3,860 m.
Habitat description: Demersal.
Ocean range (global): Gulf of Alaska to southern Baja California.
Consulting taxonomist: Jeff Drazen, University of Hawai`i at Manoa.
ReferencesEncyclopedia of Life
Tree of Life
World Register of Marine Species
National Center for Biotechnology Information
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Citation: Coryphaenoides leptolepis (Günther, 1877) Deep-Sea Guide (DSG) at http://dsg/mbari.org/dsg/view/concept/Coryphaenoides%20leptolepis. Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2017-12-17.