Cryptopsaras couesii  Gill, 1883

Triplewart seadevil
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Lophiiformes (Anglerfishes) > Ceratiidae (Warty Seadevils)
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 Ecology

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)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 1; Dorsal soft rays (total): 4-5; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 4; Vertebrae: 20. A large median and two small lateral oval caruncles immediately in front of origin of dorsal fin (Ref. 13608). Branchiostegal rays: 6 (Ref. 36494).

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Tropical and subtropical parts of all oceans. South China Sea (Ref.74511).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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 ).

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Females are oviparous, males are parasitic (Ref. 36494).

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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. 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 = 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) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.