Scientific Name: Polymixia berndti

English Name: Pacific beardfish

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IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC)


Dorsal spines: 4-5; Dorsal rays: 28-31; Anal spines: 4; Anal rays: 14-16. 

Body oblong and moderately compressed. Head and eyes moderately large. 2 long barbels from middle of lower jaw. Mouth large, jaws extending to or slightly 
beyond rear margin of eye. Villiform teeth on jaws, vomer, palatine, pterygoid, and tongue. Dorsal fin origin well back, just in anterior half of body. 
Caudal fin forked. large spnoid scales on body and extending onto opercle, cheek, and lower jaw. 

Colour. Large silver scales dusky greenish above becoming more silvery below. Top of dorsal and anal fins dark. Dusky caudal fin. 


Maturity: Uknown. Max length : 47.5 cm SL.

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Fishery Status:

This species is not protected or subject to fishery regulations. 


Specimen caught at 450 m depth by Faizal Suleman and Aaron-lyle Manes.
Photos Courtesy and (c) 2023 Faizal Suleman.


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McGrouther, M. (2020). Beardfish, Polymixia berndti. (25/11/23). 
Roa-Varón, A. & Iwamoto, T. (2019). Polymixia berndti. The IUCN Red List 2019: (25/11/23).

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