Gelatinous Blindfish, Aphyonus gelatinosus Günther, 1878
The Gelatinous Blindfish lives in very deep marine waters. It has a white jelly-like body and tiny eyes.
The Gelatinous Blindfish has a white jelly-like body. The dorsal and anal fins are continuous with the caudal fin. Like all aphyonids, the Gelatinous Blindfish has tiny eyes. It lacks scales, swim bladder and pyloric caecae.
The Gelatinous Blindfish is a benthic species that occurs at depths from 900 m to over 5000 m.
The Gelatinous Blindfish occurs in most tropical and subtropical regions of oceans. In Australia it is known from off northern Queensland to off central New South Wales.
The map below shows the Australian distribution of the species based on public sightings and specimens in Australian Museums. Source: Atlas of Living Australia.
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