Mahia whiptail

Mahia whiptail
Drawing by Dr Tony Ayling
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Gadiformes
Family: Macrouridae
Genus: Caelorinchus
Species: C. matamua
Binomial name
Caelorinchus matamua
(McCann & McKnight, 1980)

The Mahia whiptail, large-headed whiptail, or Mahia rattail, Caelorinchus matamua, is a rattail of the genus Caelorinchus, found circumpolar in the southern oceans, at depths of between 450 and 1,000 m. Its length is between 45 and 65 cm.


  • Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2006). "Caelorinchus matamua" in FishBase. April 2006 version.
  • Tony Ayling & Geoffrey Cox, Collins Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand, (William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1982) ISBN 0-00-216987-8