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Albatrossia pectoralis (Pectoral rattail; Grenadier; Giant rattail; Giant grenadier)

Synonyms: Chalinura pectoralis; Coryphaenoides pectoralis; Dolloa pectoralis; Macrurus magnus; Macrurus pectoralis; Nematonurus pectoralis
Language: Danish; Japanese; Mandarin Chinese

Wikipedia Abstract

The giant grenadier, Albatrossia pectoralis, is a very large rattail, the only member of the genus Albatrossia, found in the north Pacific from northern Japan to the Okhotsk and Bering seas, east to the Gulf of Alaska, and south to northern Baja California in Mexico, at depths between 140 and 3,500 m. Its length is up to 2.1 m. The giant grenadier has the usual greatly elongated, pointed tail of the rattails.
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Maximum Longevity [1]  56 years

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve II 366714 British Columbia, Canada
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve II 137900 British Columbia, Canada

Prey / Diet

Albatrossia pectoralis (Pectoral rattail)[2]
Anonyx eous[2]
Anonyx nugax[2]
Berryteuthis magister (magister armhook squid)[2]
Careproctus gilberti (Smalldisk snailfish)[3]
Coryphaenoides cinereus (Popeye grenadier)[2]
Gadus chalcogrammus (Whiting)[2]
Leuroglossus schmidti (northern smoothtongue)[3]
Merluccius productus (Whiting)[3]
Protomyctophum thompsoni (Bigeye lanternfish)[3]
Stenobrachius leucopsarus (Smallfin lanternfish)[3]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Atheresthes evermanni (Kamchatka flounder)1
Balaenoptera acutorostrata (Minke Whale)1
Balaenoptera physalus (Fin Whale)1
Bathyraja aleutica (Aleutian skate)1
Bathyraja maculata (White-blotched skate)1
Berardius bairdii (Baird's Beaked Whale)2
Callorhinus ursinus (Northern Fur Seal)1
Careproctus rastrinus (Salmon snailfish)1
Cepphus columba (Pigeon Guillemot)1
Eschrichtius robustus (Gray Whale)1
Eumetopias jubatus (Steller Sea Lion)1
Fratercula cirrhata (Tufted Puffin)1
Hemilepidotus jordani (Yellow Irish lord)1
Hemitripterus bolini (Bigmouth sculpin)1
Hemitripterus villosus (Shaggy sculpin)1
Hexagrammos otakii (Greenling)1
Hippoglossoides dubius (Flathead flounder)1
Lamna ditropis (Salmon shark)1
Megaptera novaeangliae (Humpback Whale)1
Myoxocephalus polyacanthocephalus (Sculpin)1
Physiculus japonicus (Japanese codling)1
Pleurogrammus monopterygius (Atka mackerel)1
Reinhardtius hippoglossoides (Turbot)1
Rissa brevirostris (Red-legged Kittiwake)1
Rissa tridactyla (Black-legged Kittiwake)1
Somniosus pacificus (Pacific Sleeper Shark)1
Uria aalge (Common Murre)1


Albatrossia pectoralis (Pectoral rattail)[2]
Anoplopoma fimbria (Skil)[3]
Berardius bairdii (Baird's Beaked Whale)[4]
Physeter macrocephalus (Sperm Whale)[3]
Reinhardtius hippoglossoides (Turbot)[3]
Somniosus pacificus (Pacific Sleeper Shark)[3]


Parasitized by 
Brachyphallus crenatus[5]
Cyclocotyloides pinguis[3]
Gonocerca oregonensis[5]
Gonocerca oshoro[5]
Lepidapedon elongatum[5]
Metabronema insulanum <Unverified Name>[5]


Alaska (USA); California Current; Canada; East Bering Sea; Gulf of Alaska; Japan; Kuroshio Current; Mexico; Multipeak Seamount; Nintoku Seamount; North Pacific: northern Japan to the Okhotsk and Bering seas, east to the Gulf of Alaska, south to northern Baja California in Mexico.; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Eastern Central; Pacific, Northeast; Pacific, Northwest; Russian Federation; Sea of Japan; Sea of Okhotsk; Suiko Seamount; USA (contiguous states); West Bering Sea;



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1Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495.
2Feeding of Albatrossia pectoralis (Macrouridae) on the Continental Slope of Eastern Kamchatka and the Kurils, V. V. Napazakov and V. I. Chuchukalo, Journal of Ichthyology, 2011, Vol. 51, No. 4, pp. 343–351
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
4Walker, William A.; Mead, James G.; and Brownell, Jr., Robert, Diets of Baird’s Beaked Whales, Berardius bairdii, in the Southern Sea Of Okhotsk and Off the Pacific Coast Of Honshu, Japan (2002). Publications, Agencies and Staff of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Paper 107.
5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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