Magnisudis prionosa

Common Name

Southern Duckbill Barracudina

Year Described

Rofen, 1963


Dorsal Fin: 9-11
Anal Fin: 21-24
Pectoral Fin: 14-17
Pelvic Fin: 9
Lateral Line:
Vertebrae: 68-73

Body and most of head completely covered in deciduous scales. Lower jaw with teeth minute to missing entirely.


Body silvery with a darker dorsum. Peritoneum and pectoral fin black. Juveniles with 3 pigmented peritoneal sections.


Maximum size to 550mm SL.


Mesopelagic. Adults spawning in lower latitudes.


Widespread in the southern ocean and up the eastern coast of South America.


Post, A. 1985. Paralepididae. In: Fischer, W. and Hureau, J-C. (Eds.) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Southern Ocean (Fishing areas 48, 58 and 88). Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, Rome.