Bufoceratias thele (Uwate, 1979)
Bufoceratias thele
photo by Ho, H.-C.

Family:  Diceratiidae (Double anglers (Ref. 07463) or Doublespine Seadevils (Ref. 86949))
Max. size:  16.2 cm SL (female)
Environment:  bathypelagic; marine; depth range 0 - 1500 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: Ceram, Halmahera and South and East China seas.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 5-6; Anal soft rays: 4-4. Metamorphosed females of Bufoceratias thele differ from those of Bufoceratias shaoi in having a much smaller esca and a longer illicium (112-143% standard length versus 26-40% standard length), and from those of Bufoceratias wedli in lacking escal appendages (Ref. 51070). Description: Characterized by having 15-48 teeth in lower jaw, upper jaw with 12-49; vomerine teeth 4-10 (Ref. 86949).
Biology:  Males and larvae unknown (Ref. 51070). Specimens caught in bottom trawls (Ref. 86949).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 11 October 2018 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Type locality: Halmahera Sea, w. Pacific, 0°38.6'S, 129°05.6'E, 680-850 m.

Entered by: Casal, Christine Marie V. - 14.03.02
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 15.05.13

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