This species is characterized by the following D1 VII-VIII, D2 31-34; A 29-32; pectoral 19-20; bony tubular plates (scales) of the dorsal lateral line 61-78 and of the median lateral line 9-23, rounded separated bony plates in the anterior part of the median lateral line 4-28, as a rule, more than 10; number of gill-rakers on the outer side of the upper and lower part of the 1st arch 6-15. This species is further distinguished by the following: interorbital width narrow, 1.0-1.4 times in horizontal orbit diameter, 5.8-7.5 in HL and 2.0-2.4 in head height at level of middle of eye; eye moderate in size, its diameter 5.2-6.3 times in HL and 2.6-3.0 in snout length; supraorbital outer bony edges of frontals noticeably elevated; snout relatively long, approximately equal to or somewhat shorter than half the head length, 2.1-2.2 in HL; tips of jaws aligned or lower jaw slightly protruding, teeth on symphysis not visible; posterior edge of maxillary extending below 1/3-1/2 of the orbit diameter; a row of rakers on lower part of first gill arch on the outer side of ceratobranchial; pectoral fin extending above to anus or origin of first anal fin ray; first dorsal fin high, 3.3-4.7 times in SL, second and third rays longest; fin membrane of D1 not reaching tips of longest rays, its height about 1.4-1.7 times in height of D1; dorsal fins well separated, posterior edge of D1 fin membrane not reaching first ray base of D2; interdorsal distance wide, 10.9-16.4 times in SL or 1.0-1.9 times in length of D1; usually with rounded thick bony plates present on the anterior part of the median lateral line; bony tuberculation well developed on frontals and lacrimals, D1 flexible spines, branchiostegals, pelvic fins and on bony structures of both lateral lines; absent on maxillary and on anterior part of lower jaw (Ref. 90862).
- Shandikov, G.A. 2011 Channichthys richardsoni sp. n., a new Antarctic icefish (Perciformes: Notothenioidei: Channichthyidae) from the Kerguelen Islands area, Indian sector of the Southern Ocean. Journal of V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Series: Biology 7(814):125-134. (Ref. 90862) http://www.fishbase.org/references/FBRefSummary.php?id=90862&speccode=66607