The Spikey Oreodory has a protrusible mouth. It is grey-brown in colour. It occurs in southern temperate waters of Southern Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
The Spikey Oreodory has a compressed, rhomboid-shaped body that tapers to a narrow caudal peduncle. The body profile behind the head is concave. The fish has radiating ridges on the operculm and strongly attached ctenoid scales. The mouth is protrusible. It is grey-brown in colour, with black gill membranes. Its soft dorsal and anal fin membranes are black.
It is a benthic species that is found in marine waters at depths between 300 m and 1750 m.
It occurs in southern temperate waters of Southern Africa, Australia and New Zealand. In Australia it is known from temperate southern waters from off the central coast of New South Wales south to southern Tasmania and west to the Great Australian Bight, Western Australia.
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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