Species Anoplocapros inermis

Common name: Eastern smooth boxfish

Previous nomenclature: Strophiuruchthys inermis, Strophiuruchthys robustus

Material

Description based on otoliths of one specimen of unknown TL. Otolith catalogue reference DMF2. Catch locality Bermagui, New South Wales, 40 m depth. ID by DMF.

Otolith description

Otolith very small, obovate. Dorsal margin rounded and irregular; ventral margin slightly rounded and irregular; posterior margin sharply rounded and irregular. Distal surface flat; proximal surface irregular. Sulcus groove deep, heterosulcoid to homosulcoid; opening ostial to ostio-caudal. Crista superior well developed; crista inferior ridge-like and broad. Rostrum broad and tapering to pointed/sharply rounded. Antirostrum broad and sharply rounded. Excisura wide; notch absent. Dorsal area reduced; depression absent; area striated/uneven. Ventral area with groove following line of ventral margin; shallow and surface uneven.

Otolith of Anoplocapros inermis from a fish of unknown TL

Morphometry

No data are available.

Distribution and ecology

Southern Queensland to Victoria; also South Africa and Solomon Islands (Gomon et al. 1994); juveniles cryptic in behaviour; adults in 10-300 m depth; reaches 370 mm in length (May and Maxwell 1986).

Predator-prey information

Known prey of Australian fur seal (Arctocephalus pusil-lus doriferus) (Hume et al. 2004). Undistinguished species of this Family are known prey of pied cormorant (Phalacrocorax varius) (Marchant and Higgins 1990).

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