Sudis atrox

Common Name

Fierce Pike Smelt

Year Described

Rofen, 1963


Dorsal Fin: 11
Anal Fin: 21
Pectoral Fin: 14
Pelvic Fin: 9
Lateral Line:
Vertebrae: 53-54

Lateral line sections with three pores above and below midline of scale.


Body lightly pigmented with most pigment concentrated on head, dorsum, and on caudal peduncle. Peritoneum with 6 peritoneal sections in post-larva.


Maximum size to 75mm SL. Post-larva usually around 50mm SL.


Mesopelagic to bathypelagic from 33-2250m.


Scattered records from Gulf Stream waters off the eastern U.S.A. to S. Brazil. Most specimens are post-larval.


Figueiredo, J.L. de, A.P. dos Santos, N. Yamaguti, R.A. Bernardes and C.L. Del Bianco Rossi-Wongtschowski, 2002. Peixes da zona econômica exclusiva da Região Sudeste-Sul do Brasil: Levantamento com Rede de Meia-Água. São-Paulo: Editora da Universidade de São Paulo; Imprensa Oficial do Estado, 242 p.

McEachran, J.D. and J.D. Fechhelm. 1998. Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico. Volume 1: Myxiniformes to Gasterosteiformes. University of Texas Press, Austin. i-viii + 1-1112.

Moore, J.A. , K.E. Hartel, J.E. Craddock and J.K. Galbraith. 2003. An annotated list of deepwater fishes from off the New England region, with new area records. Northeastern Naturalist v. 10 (no. 2): 159-248.