Pezichthys macropinnis Last & Gledhill, 2009
Longfin handfish
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Family:  Brachionichthyidae (Handfishes)
Max. size:  2.05 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range - 145 m
Distribution:  Eastern Indian Ocean: South Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 17-17; Anal soft rays: 8-8. This species is distinct in having the following characters: small esca, 12% of illicium length (including esca); very elongate and slender illicium, without dermal spinules, about 26% SL in length, 1.9 times in head length; head length about 5.4 times snout length; long snout, length 9% SL; eye 6.9 times in head length; robust body, maximum width about 32% SL; interorbit broad, width about 15% SL; scales with subcircular bases, monospinulate or with prominent, strongly diverging bifurcate spinules (except for those closely associated with pores of the acoustico-lateralis system); spinules variable in length over body; dorsal-fin elements mostly lack spinules, membranes of fins naked; first dorsal-fin base about 18% SL; second dorsal-fin rays 15, fin base 63% SL; fin rays very elongate, longest ray of second dorsal fin about 35% SL; length of second dorsal-fin spine 0.9 times length of longest ray of second dorsal fin; anal-fin rays 8; pale body with a network of reddish streaks (Ref. 82446).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 30 April 2018 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Capuli, Estelita Emily - 11.01.10
Modified by: Bailly, Nicolas - 25.01.10

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