Rexichthys johnpaxtoni Parin & Astakhov, 1987
Paxton's escolar
photo by FAO

Family:  Gempylidae (Snake mackerels)
Max. size:  22 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  benthopelagic; marine; depth range 270 - 470 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: eastern coast of Australia between 17°31'S and 32°34'S, and from New Caledonia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 19-19; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14-15; Anal spines: 2-2; Anal soft rays: 12-13; Vertebrae: 34-34. Body moderately elongate and compressed. Two lateral lines, the lower originating below the 6th to the 7th spine of the first dorsal fin, descending sharply to ventral contour of body, dividing into a short anterior branch and a much longer posterior branch. The pelvic fin represented by 1 spine and 2 tiny soft rays in smaller specimens but entirely absent in specimens over 10 cm SL. Body color is brownish, fins hyaline; first dorsal fin with a black blotch distally on two anterior membranes.
Biology:  Adults are probably benthopelagic from 400 to 470 m while juveniles are pelagic from 270 to 400 m depth.
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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