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Dolichopteryx longipes

(Brown snout spookfish)


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Family : Barreleyes or spookfishes ; Oceanic and mesopelagic species [1]. Taken regularly at depths shallower than 458 m , with scientific deep-sea fishing gear . Feed mainly on small crustaceans, particularly copepods [2]. Oviparous , with planktonic larvae [3] and eggs [1]. Paedomorphic [3].

Common Names

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Common Names in English:

Brown snout spookfish, Brown-snout spookfish, Brownsnout spookfish

Common Names in Mandarin Chinese:

長頭胸翼魚, 长头胸翼鱼


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May be found at depths of 500 to 1000 meters.

Typically found in water with a depth of 0 to -5,299 meters (0 to -17,385 feet).[4]

Biome: Marine .


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Oceanodromous .


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Aulostoma longipesAulostoma longipes Vaillant • Aulostoma longipes Vaillant, 1888 • Dolichopteryx longipes


Name Status: Accepted Name .

Last scrutiny: Data last modified by FishBase 18-Mar-1999

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Dolichopteryx

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 2 species and subspecies in this genus:

D. longipes (Brown-Snout Spookfish) · D. parini (Winged Spookfish)

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Further Reading

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal March 01, 2008:



  1. Cohen, D.M. (1984). Opisthoproctidae. p. 395-398. In P.J.P. Whitehead, M.-L. Bauchot, J.-C. Hureau, J. Nielsen and E. Tortonese (eds.) Fishes of the north-eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean, Volume 1. Unesco, Paris. [back]
  2. Fitch, J.E. and R.J. Lavenberg (1968). Deep-water teleostean fishes of California. California Natural History Guides: 25. University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles, California. 115 p. [back]
  3. Moser, H.G. (1996). Opisthoproctidae: spookfishes. p. 215-223. In H.G. Moser (ed.) The early stages of fishes in the California Current region. California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI) Atlas No. 33. 1505p. [back]
  4. Mean = -2,773.210 meters (-9,098.458 feet), Standard Deviation = 1,735.570 based on 33 observations. Ocean depth information for each observation from British Oceanographic Data Centre. [back]
Last Revised: 2015-02-06