Harpagifer antarcticus Nybelin, 1947
Antarctic spiny plunderfish
photo by Schories, D.

Family:  Harpagiferidae (Spiny plunderfishes)
Max. size:  9.5 cm SL (male/unsexed); max. reported age: 9 years
Environment:  demersal
Distribution:  Southern Ocean: along the Atlantic coasts of the Antarctic Peninsula, South Shetland, South Orkney and South Sandwich islands.
Biology:  Depth range: 0-5 m on rocky bottoms. Usually under rocks; rarely under algal fronds. A specialized feeder on amphipods, mainly Gondogeneia antarctica. Feed on small crustaceans and common in littoral of all sub-Antarctic islands (Ref. 42041). Iteroparous and devotes a lot of time to parental care (Ref. 5191). Larval pelagic phase is long (Ref. 71843).
IUCN Red List Status: Not Evaluated (N.E.) Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Jarre-Teichmann, Astrid - 23.01.93
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 20.02.12

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