Barathrites cf. iris Zugmayer, 1911,

Amon, Diva J, Ziegler, Amanda F, Drazen, Jeffrey C, Grischenko, Andrei V, Leitner, Astrid B, Lindsay, Dhugal J, Voight, Janet R, Wicksten, Mary K, Young, Craig M & Smith, Craig R, 2017, Megafauna of the UKSRL exploration contract area and eastern Clarion-Clipperton Zone in the Pacific Ocean: Annelida, Arthropoda, Bryozoa, Chordata, Ctenophora, Mollusca, Biodiversity Data Journal 5, pp. 14598-14598: 14598

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Barathrites cf. iris Zugmayer, 1911


Barathrites cf. iris Zugmayer, 1911 

Barathrites cf. iris  In the "Atlas of Abyssal Megafauna Morphotypes of the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone" created for the ISA (, this morphospecies is listed as " Ophidiidae  morphotype 2".


Type status: Other material. Occurrence: recordedBy: Jeffrey Drazen, Astrid Leitner; individualCount: 1; lifeStage: Adult; behavior: Swimming; occurrenceStatus: present; preparations: Imaged only; associatedReferences: Leitner A, Neuheimer A, Donlon E, Smith CR, Drazen JC. Environmental and bathymetric influences on abyssal bait-attending communities of the Clarion Clipperton Zone. Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers. 2017. doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2017.05; Taxon: taxonConceptID: Barathritescf.iris; scientificName: Barathritesiris; kingdom: Animalia; phylum: Chordata; class: Actinopterygii; order: Ophidiiformes; family: Ophidiidae; genus: Barathrites; taxonRank: species; scientificNameAuthorship: Zugmayer, 1911; Location: waterBody: Pacific Ocean; stateProvince: Clarion-Clipperton Zone; locality: UK Seabed Resources Ltd exploration contract area (UK-1) ; verbatimLocality: UK-1 Stratum B; maximumDepthInMeters: 4212; locationRemarks: RV Thompson Cruise TN319; decimalLatitude: 12.5126; decimalLongitude: -116.6224; geodeticDatum: WGS84; coordinateUncertaintyInMeters: 50; Identification: identifiedBy: Astrid Leitner, Jeffrey Drazen, Diva J. Amon, Amanda F. Ziegler; dateIdentified: 2015; identificationRemarks: Identified only from imagery; identificationQualifier: cf.; Event: samplingProtocol: Baited Camera; eventDate: 2015-03-03; eventTime: 21:13; habitat: Abyssal polymetallic-nodule field; fieldNumber: CA06; Record Level: language: en; institutionCode: UHM; datasetName: ABYSSLINE; basisOfRecord: HumanObservationGoogleMaps 


Often bright white or mottled white/brown. Head small with distinct snout and curved downturned mouth. Relatively deep-bodied. Pelvic fins reduced to two rays each and under head forward of gill slit. Readily distinguished from other ophidiids by head morphology and body depth.

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