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Deepsea Anglerfishes, Whipnose Anglerfishes, Whipnose Anglers

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1 May 2015 - Dianne, J. Bray, John R. Paxton, Jennifer E. Gates & Douglass F. Hoese

John R. Paxton, Jennifer E. Gates & Douglass F. Hoese


Currently, 22 species of gigantactinids are recognised in two worldwide genera (Nelson 2006). The two Australian species, reviewed by Bertelsen & Pietsch (1983), belong to one genus. The Gigantactinidae were revised by Bertelsen, Pietsch & Lavenberg (1981).

Whipnose anglers are meso- and bathypelagic in habit. Recorded prey items include squid and crustaceans. Females are characterised by having a very long body and illicium. The free-living males are much smaller than the females, which may attain 41 cm in length.

The record of Gigantactis sp. by Whitley (1964: 58 (sp. no. 2294)) is a larva that is unidentifiable to species.


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)