Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Lophiiformes
(Anglerfishes) > Ceratiidae
Etymology: Cryptopsaras: Greek, kryptos =secret, hidden + Greek, psaras = fisherman (referring to this genus' tiny illicial bone, almost entirely covered by tissue of the esca) (Ref. 86949); couesii: Named for the eminent ornithologist Elliot Coues (Ref. 4525). More on author: Gill.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 0 - 3085 m (Ref. 58018), usually 500 - 1250 m (Ref. 36494). Deep-water; 81°N - 52°S, 180°W - 180°E
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.3 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4494); 44.0 cm TL (female)
Tropical and subtropical parts of all oceans. South China Sea (Ref.74511).
Males dwarfed, becoming parasitic on females. Maximum size of free-living males is 1.05 cm (Ref. 4494). Females are oviparous, with planktonic larvae (Ref. 36494). Eggs are presumably contained in floating gelatinous rafts (Ref. 36494 ).
Bertelsen, E., 1990. Ceratiidae. p. 510-512. In J.C. Quero, J.C. Hureau, C. Karrer, A. Post and L. Saldanha (eds.) Check-list of the fishes of the eastern tropical Atlantic (CLOFETA). JNICT, Lisbon; SEI, Paris; and UNESCO, Paris. Vol. 1. (Ref. 4494)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0625 [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
): 4.5 ±0.37 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (tm=5).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (43 of 100) .