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Albatrossia pectoralis (Gilbert, 1892)
Giant Grenadier
Family: Macrouridae
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© Aaron Baldwin  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #15438)

Source: Distribution of Albatrossia pectoralis as compiled by Aquamaps
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Species Information

Dorsal spines (total): 2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 7 - 9; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 131. Snout low, slightly protruding beyond the large mouth, without a spinous terminal scute. Scales small, slightly oblong, with moderate-sized median ridge, without spines or with few weak spinules, and 0 to 5 much lower, non-spinulated ridges laterally on exposed field. Swim bladder small, with 2 retia mirabilia. Gray-brown on head and body, each scale with a prominent dark posterior border, fins and lateral line darker; black in mouth, gill cavity, and on peritoneum (Ref. 6885). Branchiostegal rays: 6-6; pyloric caeca: 12-16;

Source: FishBase. Cohen, D.M., T. Inada, T. Iwamoto and N Scialabba. 1990 . (Ref. 1371)


Species Biology

Young apparently bathypelagic to some degree but become bathydemersal at a size of 50-60 cm (Ref. 1371). Adults feed mainly on cephalopods, fish and shrimps; other food items include ctenophores, echinoderms, worms, crabs, and amphipods (Ref. 1371). Oviparous, with planktonic larvae (Ref. 36385). bathydemersal; non-migratory; marine; depth range 140 - 3500 m (Ref. 50550), usually 700 - 1100 m (Ref. 56476).

Source: FishBase. Cohen, D.M., T. Inada, T. Iwamoto and N Scialabba. 1990 . (Ref. 1371)



North Pacific: northern Japan to the Okhotsk and Bering seas, east to the Gulf of Alaska, south to northern Baja California in Mexico.

Source: FishBase. Cohen, D.M., T. Inada, T. Iwamoto and N Scialabba. 1990 . (Ref. 1371)

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
NativeSNRNo StatusNot Listed
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Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2024-06-19 7:24:50 AM]
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