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Channichthys mithridatis  Shandikov, 2008

Green icefish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Channichthyidae (Crocodile icefishes)
Etymology: Channichthys: Greek, channe, -es = an anchovy + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335);  mithridatis: Name from the Latin spelling of Pontic (Bosporus) Tzar ?????????? = Mithridates, who ruled Panticapaeum (antique name of the city of Kerch).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 250 - 310 m (Ref. 80896).   Temperate

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Antarctic: Kerguelen Is.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 37.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 80896); 43.7 cm TL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 6 - 9; Dorsal soft rays (total): 32-34; Anal soft rays: 30 - 32; Vertebrae: 55 - 58. This species is made distinct by the following characters: interorbital width narrow, 6.3-7.7 times in HL, 1.2-1.7 shorter than horizontal orbit diameter; large eyes, orbit 4.5-5.6 times in HL and 2.1-2.7 in snout length; posterior edge of maxilla extending below 1/2-2/3 of the orbit diameter; a row of rakers on lower part of 1st gill arch on the outer side of ceratobranchial; first dorsal fin very high, 2.9-4 times in SL, with 2nd or 3rd spine longest; fin membrane of D1 not reaching tips of longest spines; well separated dorsal fins, posterior edge of D1 fin membrane not reaching 1st ray base of D2; rounded bony plates usually absent from anterior part of median lateral line; tuberculation on frontals and on anterior dorsal spines very faint or absent, absent on maxilla, dentary and branchiostegals (Ref. 80896).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

A piscivorous species; stomach contents contain fish (Ref. 80896). Females mature at about 30-32 cm TL or 26-28 cm SL. Caught by bottom trawls in an area of barren of benthic fauna (Ref. 80896).

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Shandikov, G.A., 2008. Channichthys mithridatis, a new species of icefishes (Perciformes: Notothenioidei: Channichthyidae) from the Kerguelen Islands (East Antarctica), with comments on the taxonomic status of Channichthys normani. Visnyk Charkivs'koho Universytetu Imeni V. N. Karazina, Ser. Biologija, Charkiv 14(917):123-131. (Ref. 80896)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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