Fish at the Hawaii-2 Observatory

Observed in video surveys (ROV Jason in 1998 and 1999 and ROV JasonII in 2003 and 2004) and/or camera sled/otter trawl transects (in 2003)

 

Except for those species verified by collection (indicated by *), these classifications are best guesses and subject to change.  Classification was checked first with Tree of Life and then with European Register of Marine Species in June 2006.
Click on the filename prefix for additional photos of that specific type of organism.
*** NOTE FOR BENTHIC VS. PELAGIC: Organisms were classified as benthic if they were observed at least some times on the seafloor. ***

*** NOTE FOR VIDEO CLIPS: Video clips on this page are Windows Media Video 8 files (*.WMV).  Click for a list of all video clips (including MPEG and MOV files). ***

 

Family
Genus, species
(* verified by collection)
Common Name
Filename Prefix
Type Photo
Benthic or Pelagic?
Stephanoberycidae
Abyssoberyx
Stephanoberycid
fish_ale_1
alepocephalid
Pelagic
Synodontidae
Bathysaurus (mollis?)
Lizard fish
fish_bat_1
Bathysaurus
Benthic

Gigantactinidae

Gigantactis (perlatus?)

Angler fish

fish_gig_1

Gigantactis
Click for video1 , video2 , video3
Pelagic

Macrouridae

Coryphaenoides armatus *

Rattail

fish_mac_1

rattail
Click for video
Pelagic

Ophidiidae

Bassozetus?
Ophidiid
fish_oph_1
ophidiid
Click for video
Pelagic
Ophidiidae Typhlonus nasus *
Ophidiid fish_oph_2
ophidiid
Click for video
Pelagic
Ipnopidae
Bathypterois
Tripod fish
fish_tri_1
tripod_fish
Click for video1 , video2
Benthic
Ophidiidae? Not determined
Fish, unidentified
fish_unid_1
fish
Click for video
Pelagic
Ophidiidae? Not determined Fish, unidentified fish_unid_2
fish_juvenile?
Pelagic

Total number of morphotypes of fish identified: 9.
Benthic fish: 2 types; pelagic fish: the other 7 types.


*** We would like to thank the following taxonomic specialists for helping identify the fish: D. Cohen, J. Drazen, T. Iwamoto, J. Moore, J. Nielsen, and R. Rosenblatt. ***


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Page updated 8 Aug. 2006 by Stace Beaulieu (stace@whoi.edu)