Bathypterois oddi 

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Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Actinopterygii Aulopiformes Ipnopidae

Scientific Name: Bathypterois oddi Sulak, 1977

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Data Deficient ver 3.1
Year Published: 2010
Date Assessed: 2009-02-04
Assessor(s): Paxton, J.R.
Reviewer(s): Collen, B., Richman, N., Beresford, A., Chenery, A. & Ram, M.
Contributor(s): De Silva, R., Milligan, H., Lutz, M., Batchelor, A., Jopling, B., Kemp, K., Lewis, S., Lintott, P., Sears, J., Wilson, P. & Smith, J. and Livingston, F.
Bathypterois oddi has been assessed as Least Concern. While this species is only known from a few specimens, it is likely that this is a result of the depths at which it occurs and so is rarely encountered. Due to the deepwater nature of this species it is likely that

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description:Bathypterois oddi is known from the type locality in the Tasman Sea, off the south coast of New Zealand. It is also possibly found off South Australia (Sulak and Shcherbachev 1988).
Countries occurrence:
New Zealand
FAO Marine Fishing Areas:
Indian Ocean – eastern; Pacific – southwest
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Population [top]

Population:There is no population information available for Bathypterois oddi, however another species of this genus, B. longipes, is thought to be possibly the most abundant abyssobenthic species in the northeastern Atlantic, suggesting an important role for Bathypterois as a deep sea fish (Nybelin 1957).
Current Population Trend:Unknown
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented:No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology:Bathypterois oddi is a bathydemersal species which feeds on small, planktonic crustaceans and squid. It was found at a depth of 4,400 m, and a temperature of 1.15oC. Species within the family Ipnopidae are typically found off the continental slope or over an abyss. They are known to be amongst the deepest living fish species. Individuals commonly feed on zooplankton or benthic invertebrates.

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Due to the deepwater nature of this species, it is unlikely that it is being impacted upon by any major threat processes.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no species-specific conservation measures in place for this species.

Classifications [top]

11. Marine Deep Benthic -> 11.2. Marine Deep Benthic - Abyssal Plain (4,000-6,000m)

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Bibliography [top]

Eschmeyer, W.N. 1999. Catalog of fishes. Available at:

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 1999. The living marine resources of the western central Pacific. Batoid fishes, chimaeras and bony fishes part 1 (Elopidae to Linophrynidae). FAO, Rome, Italy.

Froese, R. and Pauly, D. 2006. FishBase. Available at:

IUCN. 2010. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (ver. 2010.4). Available at: (Accessed: 27 October 2010).

Nybelin, O. 1957. Deep-sea bottom fishes. Reports of the Swedish Deep-Sea Expedition 2(Zoology No. 20): 250-345.

Sulak, K.J. 1977. The systematics and biology of Bathypterois (Pisces: Chlorophthalmidae) with a revised classification of benthic myctophiform fishes. Galathea Report 14: 49-108.

Citation: Paxton, J.R. 2010. Bathypterois oddi. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2010: e.T154727A4619279. . Downloaded on 27 May 2018.
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