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Deepsea Anglerfishes, Fanfin Anglerfishes, Fanfin Anglers

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4 May 2015 - Dianne J. Bray, John R. Paxton & Jennifer E. Gates

John R. Paxton & Jennifer E. Gates


The Caulophrynidae, a family of deepsea anglerfishes, were revised by Pietsch (1979) who recognised four species in two genera worldwide. An additional species has since been described by Balushkin & Fedorov (1985). Bertelsen & Pietsch (1983) examined the single Australian species. Pietsch (2009) summarised knowledge of the group.

Deepsea anglerfishes live at depths from 10 to 1500 m. Females are characterised by having extremely elongate dorsal and anal fin rays and lacking an escal bulb. Males are smaller than, and parasitic on, females. Recorded prey items include fishes. Females attain a maximum length of 20 cm.


History of changes

Note that this list may be incomplete for dates prior to September 2013.
Published As part of group Action Date Action Type Compiler(s)
12-Feb-2010 (import)