Abyssal spiderfish

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Abyssal spiderfish
Bathypterois longipes.jpg
Abyssal spiderfish from Oceanic Ichthyology by G. Brown Goode & Tarleton H. Bean (1896)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Aulopiformes
Family: Ipnopidae
Genus: Bathypterois
Species: B. longipes
Binomial name
Bathypterois longipes
Günther, 1878

The abyssal spiderfish, Bathypterois longipes, is a species of deepsea tripod fish, a demersal fish living on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, even on the abyssal plain. It is one of the deepest-dwelling fish known.

This solitary fish grows about ten inches long, and has a "tripod" formation of fins both used to rest on the bottom, and to travel on the water column. It lives in extremely cold water, at temperatures of 32–48 °F (0–9 °C).


  1. ^ NatureServe (2013). "'Bathypterois longipes'". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 15 December 2014.