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Fish #87 Roundnosed Grenadier Coryphaenoides rupestris ~ Leanie Piek
One of my favourite phenomena in biology is when an animal is called exactly what it is. The layman term of the Coryphaenoides rupestris is the Roundhead Rat-tail. Beautiful, isn't it? Other names include the Roundnose Grenadier and the Rock Grenadier.
These fish are quite large, reaching over a metre at maturity. The females reach maturity when they are nine to eleven years old and the males when a little younger. The maximum reported age is 54 years. 54! That's not bad even by human standards. The fact that the Roundhead Rat-tail takes a long time to mature, sadly makes it vulnerable to extinction. On these grounds, the United Kingdom listed this fish as a 'UK Priority Species' for conservation purposes in 2010. It was suggested that if no actions to conserve the fish were taken, it would become extinct by 2020. It's current status is critically endangered. Its threat to humans are officially listed as HARMLESS.
Through #200fish project, I have grown rather fond of this fish. I reckon we should keep it.
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