Javelin (fish)

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Caelorinchus australis (Javelin).gif
Drawing by Dr Tony Ayling
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Gadiformes
Family: Macrouridae
Genus: Coelorinchus
Species: C. australis
Binomial name
Coelorinchus australis
(J. Richardson, 1839)

The javelin, javelinfish, or southern whiptail, Coelorinchus australis, is a species of rattail found around Australia and New Zealand at depths of between 80 and 500 m. Its length is between 25 to 50 cm. It is a brownish color with 8 or 9 pale longitudinal stripes, and a small chin barbel. It feeds on octopus, fishes, and decapod crustaceans.[1]


  1. ^ Bray, D.J., 2011, , Coelorinchus australis, in Fishes of Australia, accessed 25 Aug 2014, http://www.fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/3898

"Coelorinchus Australis (Richardson, 1839)." FishBase. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 July 2013.

  • Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2012). "Coelorinchus australis" in FishBase. June 2012 version.
  • Tony Ayling & Geoffrey Cox, Collins Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand, (William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1982) ISBN 0-00-216987-8