Gray starsnout

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Gray starsnout
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes
Family: Agonidae
Genus: Bathyagonus
Species: B. alascanus
Binomial name
Bathyagonus alascanus
(Gilbert, 1896)
Synonyms[1]
  • Xenochirus alascanus Gilbert, 1896
  • Asterotheca alascana (Gilbert, 1896)
  • Bathyagonus alascana (Gilbert, 1896)
  • Xenertmus alascanus (Gilbert, 1896)

The gray starsnout (Bathyagonus alascanus, also known as the gray starsnout poacher in the United States[2]) is a fish in the family Agonidae (poachers).[3] It was described by Charles Henry Gilbert in 1896.[4] It is a marine, temperate water-dwelling fish which is known from the eastern Pacific Ocean, from the coast of the Bering Sea in Alaska, to the Oregon-California border. It dwells at a depth range of 18-252 metres, and inhabits rocky areas. Males can reach a maximum total length of 13 centimetres.[3]

The species epithet "alascanus" refers to the species' type locality in Alaska. The Gray starsnout is preyed on by the Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus).[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Synonyms of Bathyagonus alascanus at www.fishbase.org.
  2. ^ Common names for Bathyagonus alascanus at www.fishbase.org.
  3. ^ a b Bathyagonus alascanus at www.fishbase.org.
  4. ^ Gilbert, C. H., 1896 (9 Dec.) [ref. 1628] The ichthyological collections of the steamer Albatross during the years 1890 and 1891. United States Commission of Fish and Fisheries, Report of the Commissioner v. 19 (for 1893) (art. 6): 393-476, Pls. 20-35.
  5. ^ Organisms preying on Bathyagonus alascanus at www.fishbase.org.