Melamphaes xestoachidus Kotlyar, 2011
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Family:  Melamphaidae (Bigscale fishes or ridgeheads)
Max. size:  8.7 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathypelagic; marine; depth range 2400 - 3450 m
Distribution:  Northwestern Pacific Ocean, eastwards of the Kurils Islands.
Diagnosis:  The species is characterized by 22–23 rakers on the first gill arch, 30 vertebrae (12 abdominal vertebrae), the haemal arch of the first caudal vertebra is without a spur; D III 14–15; P 16; seven soft rays in the ventral fin; ventral fin starts from the vertical line of the posterior margin of the pectoral fin basement; the anal fin starts from the vertical line of the last ray of the dorsal fin; eight scales are on the operculum (Ref. 87971).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 30 December 2019 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 19.10.11
Modified by: Busson, Frédéric - 20.10.11

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