Hoplichthys imamurai Nagano, McGrouther & Yabe, 2013
Imamura's ghost flathead

Family:  Hoplichthyidae (Ghost flatheads)
Max. size:  14.4 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; marine; depth range - 302 m,
Distribution:  Eastern Indian Ocean: Off Port Hedland and Point Cloates, Western Australia.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 6; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 17. A species of Hoplichthys with the following combination of characters: dorsal-fin rays VI-15; anal fin rays 17; pectoral-fin rays 13 + 3 = 16; short preoptic snout (31.2–32.7% HL); large eyes (23.8–24.7% HL); narrow interorbital width (2.6–4.1% HL); vomer without teeth; long, thin gill rakers; developed spines on ventral surface of lower jaw; single developed spine on each lateral scute; short free pectoral-fin rays (13.4–14.9% SL). In males, low first dorsal fin, its adpressed tips not reaching origin of second dorsal fin; some elongated second dorsal-fin rays filament-like; emarginate caudal fin, its upper edge elongated, filament-like.
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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