Pseudoliparis amblystomopsis

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Pseudoliparis amblystomopsis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Scorpaeniformes
Family: Liparidae
Genus: Pseudoliparis
Species: P. amblystomopsis
Binomial name
Pseudoliparis amblystomopsis
(Andriashev, 1955)

Pseudoliparis amblystomopsis, or the hadal snailfish, is a species of snailfish from hadal depths of the North Pacific Ocean.[1]

In October 2008, a team from British and Japanese institutes discovered a shoal of P. amblystomopsis at a depth of 7,700 metres (25,300 ft) in the Japan Trench. These were, until December 2014, the deepest living fish ever recorded on film.[2] The record has since been surpassed by another (unidentified) type of snailfish filmed at a depth of 8,145 metres (26,700 ft).[3]


  1. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2009). "Pseudoliparis amblystomopsis" in FishBase. March 2009 version.
  2. ^ Rebecca Morelle: 'Deepest ever' living fish filmed BBC News 2008
  3. ^ Rebecca Morelle: New record for deepest fish BBC News 19 Dec 2014