- Southern driftfish
name = Southern driftfish
image_caption = Drawing by Dr Tony Ayling
phylum = Chordata
genus = "Icichthys"
species = "I. australis"
binomial = "Icichthys australis"
binomial_authority = Haedrich, 1966
The southern driftfish or ragfish, "Icichthys australis", is a
medusafishof the genus " Icichthys" found circumpolarin 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
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