Brachiopsilus dianthus Last & Gledhill, 2009
Pink Handfish
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Family:  Brachionichthyidae (Handfishes)
Max. size:  9.95 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range - 38 m
Distribution:  Eastern Indian Ocean: Australia: Tasmania.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 19-21; Anal spines: 9-10. Member of the genus Brachiopsilus with a combination of the following characters: esca of medium size, 29–38% of illicium length; illicium smooth, thin, not exceedingly fleshy, length 15–16% SL, 3–3.5 times in head length, 2.0–2.3 times in length of second dorsal-fin spine; with illicium adpressed, apex of esca situated above posterior half of eye; esca much wider than illicial stem, covered with dense, short, filaments; head slightly compressed; moderate-sized eye (horizontal diameter 6–7% SL); mouth narrow; lips fleshy with irregular folds; body and fins entirely naked in adults (except for scales associated with pores of the acoustico-lateralis system); 5 sensory pores above eye; long first dorsal-fin base (length 26–30% SL); second dorsal-fin rays 17–18, fin base 73–76% SL; length of second dorsal-fin spine 1.3–1.5 times length of longest ray of second dorsal fin; 9–10 anal-fin rays, length of anal-fin base 38–39% SL; 9–10 pectoral-fin rays; very short caudal peduncle (length 1–2% SL); caudal fin of medium size, its length much longer than fin rays of pectoral fin, length 3.2–4.0 times caudal peduncle depth; body pinkish red, darker reddish brown markings along dorsal fin margins remnant in preservative.
Biology:  Attains at least 99.5 mm SL (ca. 136 mm TL); smallest specimen examined 68.5 mm SL (Ref. 82446).
IUCN Red List Status: Endangered (EN); Date assessed: 30 April 2018 (B1ab(v)+2ab(v)) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Busson, Frédéric - 08.10.09
Modified by: Busson, Frédéric - 12.01.10

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