Chelidonichthys capensis (Cuvier, 1829)
Cape gurnard
Chelidonichthys capensis
photo by Le Noury, P.

Family:  Triglidae (Searobins), subfamily: Triglinae
Max. size:  75 cm TL (male/unsexed); max. reported age: 16 years
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 10 - 390 m
Distribution:  Southeast Atlantic and Western Indian Ocean: Cape Fria, Namibia to Maputo, Mozambique. The record of a specimen from Reunion (MHNRUN 36) is probably erroneous (Ref. 33390).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 8-9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15-17; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 14-16
Biology:  Found over sandy and muddy bottoms in coastal areas. Feeds on fishes (Ref. 4316) and crustaceans (Ref. 5213). Excellent food fish (Ref. 4316).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 21 June 2017 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Binohlan, Crispina B. - 01.06.92
Modified by: Reyes, Rodolfo B. - 25.09.14
Checked by: Garilao, Cristina V. - 10.01.97

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