Southern driftfish

Southern driftfish

name = Southern driftfish

image_caption = Drawing by Dr Tony Ayling
regnum = Animalia
phylum = Chordata
classis = Actinopterygii
ordo = Perciformes
familia = Centrolophidae
genus = "Icichthys"
genus_authority =
species = "I. australis"
binomial = "Icichthys australis"
binomial_authority = Haedrich, 1966

The southern driftfish or ragfish, "Icichthys australis", is a medusafish of the genus "Icichthys" found circumpolar in all southern oceans between latitudes 50° S and 60° S, from the surface down to 2,000 m. Its length is from 35 to 80 cm.

The southern driftfish is similar to the rudderfish, and has soft easily-damaged fins, large eyes, and a small flexible mouth. Its flesh is soft and its bones are weakly ossified, giving rise to its second common name as it has the limp feel of a rag doll.

Its colour is a uniform dark brown with black eyes.


* Tony Ayling & Geoffrey Cox, "Collins Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand", (William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1982) ISBN 0-00-216987-8

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Нужен реферат?

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Medusafish — Rudderfish, Centrolophus niger Scientific classification …   Wikipedia

  • Coastal fish — Schooling threadfin, a coastal species Coastal fish, also called offshore fish or neritic fish, are fish that inhabit the sea between the shoreline and the edge of the continental shelf. Since the continental shelf is usually less than 200 metres …   Wikipedia

  • List of fish common names — This is a list of fish common names. While some common names refer to a single species or family, others have been used for a confusing variety of different types; the articles listed here should explain the possibilities if the name is ambiguous …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”