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Beardfishes: Polymixiiformes

Stout Beardfish (polymixia Nobilis): Species Account

Physical characteristics: Stout beardfish reach a maximum length of about 20 inches (50 centimeters). They are dark bronze-gray on the back and silvery on the belly. The scales have rows of tiny teeth. The chin barbels are long and threadlike.


Geographic range: Stout beardfish live on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.


Habitat: Stout beardfish live on gravel and sandy bottoms.

Scientists do not know how stout beardfish behave or reproduce. (Illustration by Bruce Worden. Reproduced by permission.)

Diet: Stout beardfish feed on crustaceans, squid, and small fishes.


Behavior and reproduction: Scientists do not know how stout beardfish behave or reproduce. Eggs have not been found.


Stout beardfish and people: Stout beardfish are marketed fresh and frozen.


Conservation status: Stout beardfish are not threatened or endangered. ∎

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Web site:

"Polymixia nobilis: Stout Beardfish." FishBase. http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/SpeciesSummary.cfm?genusname=Polymixia&speciesname=nobilis (accessed on October 4, 2004).

Additional topics

Animal Life ResourceFish and Other Cold-Blooded VertebratesBeardfishes: Polymixiiformes - PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS, GEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, DIET, BEHAVIOR AND REPRODUCTION, BEARDFISHES AND PEOPLE, CONSERVATION STATUS