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Gymnodraco acuticeps (Ploughfish)

Synonyms: Gymnodraco victori
Language: Mandarin Chinese; Russian

Wikipedia Abstract

The ploughfish (Gymnodraco acuticeps) is a species of Antarctic dragonfish found at depths of from 0 to 550 m (0 to 1,804 ft) over the Antarctic continental shelf. This species grows to a length of 34 cm (13 in) SL. This species is the only known member of its genus.
View Wikipedia Record: Gymnodraco acuticeps

Prey / Diet

Chaenodraco wilsoni (Spiny icefish)[1]
Chionodraco hamatus (Crocodile icefish)[1]
Cryodraco antarcticus (Long-fingered icefish)[1]
Electrona antarctica (Lanternfish)[1]
Euphausia crystallorophias (ice krill)[1]
Euphausia superba (Antarctic krill)[1]
Gymnodraco acuticeps (Ploughfish)[1]
Gymnoscopelus nicholsi (Nichol's lanternfish)[1]
Notolepis coatsi (Antarctic jonasfish)[1]
Pagothenia borchgrevinki (Bald notothen)[2]
Pleuragramma antarctica (Antarctic silverfish)[3]
Trematomus eulepidotus (Blunt scalyhead)[1]
Trematomus hansoni (Striped rockcod)[1]
Trematomus nicolai (Spotted notothen)[2]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Arctocephalus gazella (Antarctic Fur Seal)6
Balaenoptera bonaerensis (Antarctic Minke Whale)3
Bathydraco marri (Deepwater dragon)1
Chaenocephalus aceratus (Scotian icefish)1
Chaenodraco wilsoni (Spiny icefish)2
Champsocephalus esox (Pike icefish)1
Champsocephalus gunnari (Mackerel icefish)1
Chionobathyscus dewitti (Crocodile icefish)1
Chionodraco hamatus (Crocodile icefish)1
Chionodraco myersi (Myers' icefish)2
Cryodraco antarcticus (Long-fingered icefish)1
Cygnodraco mawsoni (Mawson's dragonfish)7
Dacodraco hunteri (Crocodile icefish)1
Dissostichus eleginoides (Patagonsky klykach)1
Dissostichus mawsoni (Antarctic blenny)5
Electrona carlsbergi (Electron subantarctic)1
Gobionotothen angustifrons (Narrowhead rockcod)1
Gobionotothen gibberifrons (Humped rockcod)1
Gvozdarus svetovidovi (Naked-head toothfish)1
Gymnoscopelus braueri (Lanternfish)1
Gymnoscopelus nicholsi (Nichol's lanternfish)1
Gymnoscopelus opisthopterus (Lanternfish)1
Lagenorhynchus cruciger (Hourglass Dolphin)1
Lampris immaculatus (Moonfish)1
Lepidonotothen squamifrons (Grey rockcod)1
Leptonychotes weddellii (Weddell Seal)1
Lindbergichthys nudifrons (Yellowfin notie)1
Lobodon carcinophaga (Crabeater Seal)2
Megaptera novaeangliae (Humpback Whale)1
Mirounga leonina (Southern Elephant Seal)1
Neopagetopsis ionah (Jonah's icefish)1
Nototheniops larseni (Painted notie)1
Oceanites oceanicus (Wilson's Storm-Petrel)1
Pagothenia borchgrevinki (Bald notothen)2
Parachaenichthys georgianus (Antarctic dragonfish)1
Pseudochaenichthys georgianus (South Georgia icefish)1
Trematomus hansoni (Striped rockcod)1
Trematomus newnesi (Dusky notothen)2
Vomeridens infuscipinnis (Antarctic dragonfish)1


Aptenodytes forsteri (Emperor Penguin)[4]
Cygnodraco mawsoni (Mawson's dragonfish)[1]
Dissostichus mawsoni (Antarctic blenny)[2]
Gymnodraco acuticeps (Ploughfish)[1]
Leptonychotes weddellii (Weddell Seal)[2]
Pygoscelis adeliae (Adelie Penguin)[2]


Parasitized by 
Contracaecum osculatum[5]
Contracaecum radiatum <Unverified Name>[5]
Onchobothrium antarcticum[5]


Antarctic; Atlantic Ocean; Atlantic, Antarctic; Indian Ocean; Indian Ocean, Antarctic; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Antarctic; South Shetland Islands; Southern Ocean: Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic continental shelf. Probably circum-Antarctic, but no records yet from West Antarctica.;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Diet of two Antarctic dragonfish (Pisces: Bathydraconidae) from the Indian sector of the Southern Ocean, EVGENY A. PAKHOMOV, Antarctic Science 10 (1): 55-61 (1998)
2Jorrit 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.
3The role of notothenioid fish in the food web of the Ross Sea shelf waters: a review, M. La Mesa, J. T. Eastman, M. Vacchi, Polar Biol (2004) 27: 321–338
4A balanced model of the food web of the Ross Sea, Antarctica, M.H. Pinkerton, S.M. Hanchet, J. Bradford-Grieve, CCAMLR Science, Vol. 17 (2010)
5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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