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Lepidorhynchus denticulatus (Deepsea whiptail; Javelin fish; Javelinfish; Thorntooth grenadier; Toothed rattail; Toothed whiptail)

Synonyms: Coryphaenoides denticulatus; Macrurus denticulatus; Optonurus denticulatus
Language: Mandarin Chinese

Wikipedia Abstract

The thorntooth grenadier or javelin fish, Lepidorhynchus denticulatus, is a rattail, the only member of the genus Lepidorhynchus, found around southern Australia and New Zealand, at depths of between 200 and 1,000 m. Its length is between 20 to 55 cm.
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Prey / Diet

Campylonotus rathbunae (sabre prawn)[1]
Helicolenus percoides (Sea perch)[2]
Histioteuthis bonnellii (umbrella squid)[1]
Lampanyctodes hectoris (Lanternfish)[2]
Lampanyctus australis (Austral lanternfish)[3]
Lepidorhynchus denticulatus (Deepsea whiptail)[3]
Notopandalus magnoculus[1]
Sergestes arcticus[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Amblyraja hyperborea (Arctic skate)1
Apogonops anomalus (Flathead feed)1
Arctocephalus forsteri (Australasian Fur Seal)1
Brama australis (Southern ray's bream)1
Brama brama (Ray's bream)1
Centriscops humerosus (Trumpet fish)1
Coelorinchus aspercephalus (Rough-head whiptail)3
Coryphaena hippurus (Mahi-mahi)1
Cyttus traversi (horsehead)2
Deania calcea (Thompsons shark)1
Diaphus danae (Blue lantern-fish)1
Dipturus innominatus (Smooth skate)1
Epigonus lenimen (Deepsea big-eye)1
Genypterus blacodes (Rock ling)2
Helicolenus percoides (Sea perch)1
Hoplostethus atlanticus (Slimehead)1
Hymenocephalus italicus (Glasshead grenadier)1
Macruronus novaezelandiae (Whiptail hake)2
Neocyttus rhomboidalis (Deepwater dory)1
Prionace glauca (Tribon blou)1
Thyrsites atun (snake mackerel)1
Xiphias gladius (Swordfish)1


Cephalorhynchus hectori (Hector's Dolphin)[4]
Cyttus traversi (horsehead)[2]
Genypterus blacodes (Rock ling)[2]
Helicolenus percoides (Sea perch)[2]
Heptranchias perlo (Slender sevengill shark)[5]
Lepidorhynchus denticulatus (Deepsea whiptail)[3]
Macruronus novaezelandiae (Whiptail hake)[6]
Merluccius australis (Whiting)[7]
Onykia ingens (warty squid)[3]
Thalassarche bulleri (Buller's Albatross)[3]


Parasitized by 
Hepatoxylon trichiuri[8]
Scolex pleuronectis <Unverified Name>[8]


Australia; Eastern Indian Ocean and Southwest Pacific: southern Australia and New Zealand.; Indian Ocean; Indian Ocean, Eastern; New Zealand; New Zealand Shelf; Pacific Ocean; Pacific, Southwest;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Malcolm R. Clark (1985): The food and feeding of seven fish species from the Campbell Plateau, New Zealand, New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 19:3, 339-363
2Diets of fishes of the upper continental slope of eastern Tasmania: content, calorific values, dietary overlap and trophic relationships, S.J.M. Blaber and C.M. Bulman, Marine Biology 95, 345-356 (1987)
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.
4Hector’s dolphin diet: The species, sizes and relative importance of prey eaten by Cephalorhynchus hectori, investigated using stomach content analysis, ELANOR MILLER, CHRIS LALAS, STEVE DAWSON, HILTRUN RATZ, ELISABETH SLOOTEN, Marine Mammal Science 2012
5Feeding ecology of two high-order predators from south-eastern Australia: the coastal broadnose and the deepwater sharpnose sevengill sharks, J. Matías Braccini, Marine Ecology Progress Series 371:273–284 (2008)
6Hoki (Macruronus novaezelandiae) diet variability and associated middle-depth demersal fish species depth distribution in the ecosystem on the Chatham Rise, New Zealand. Amelia MacLeod Connell. Thesis submitted to the Victoria University of Wellington in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Science in Marine Biology. Victoria University of Wellington 2009
7Inter-annual variability in the diets of hoki, hake, and ling on the Chatham Rise from 1990 to 2009, P. L. Horn, M. R. Dunn, New Zealand Aquatic Environment and Biodiversity Report No. 54 (2010)
8Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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