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Chaunax penicillatus  McCulloch, 1915

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Lophiiformes (Anglerfishes) > Chaunacidae (Sea toads)
Etymology: Chaunax: Greek, chaunax, -akos = a conceited man (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 343 - 658 m (Ref. 26165).   Deep-water

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 28.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 559)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-12; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 6 - 7. This species is characterized by the following: D III,11-12 (modally 12); A 6-7 (7); pectoral-fin rays 11-13; presence of a black and very deep illicial trough; extremely short illicium and esca with numerous stout black (anterior face) and white (posterior face) cirri; gill rakers: GRi = 13-14 (3-4+9-10); GRii = 8-10; GRiii = 8-11; GRiv = 7-8; lateral-line counts: AB = 10-12 (mainly 11); BB' = 4-5 (5); BD = 2-3 (2); CD = 6-7; EF = 3-5 (4); FG = 3-4 (3); GH = 10-13 (11-12); BI = 35-40 (36-38) (Ref. 93086).

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Indo-West Pacific: widespread; including Kenya, South Africa, Madagascar, Japan, Taiwan, South China Sea, Australia and New Zealand.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

A benthic species (Ref. 75154) found on the continental slopes (Ref. 7300, 75154).

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Ho, Hsuan-Ching | Collaborators

Ho, H.-C., C.D. Roberts and A.L. Stewart, 2013. A review of the anglerfish genus Chaunax (Lophiiformes: Chaunacidae) from New Zealand and adjacent waters, with descriptions of four new species. Zootaxa 3620(1):089-111. (Ref. 93086)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Fisheries: of no interest
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01995 (0.00906 - 0.04395), b=3.01 (2.83 - 3.19), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  4.2   ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (24 of 100) .