Diceratias pileatus Uwate, 1979
Diceratias pileatus
photo by JAMARC

Family:  Diceratiidae (Double anglers (Ref. 07463) or Doublespine Seadevils (Ref. 86949))
Max. size:  23.5 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathypelagic; marine; depth range 640 - 1430 m
Distribution:  Eastern Atlantic: four records along the African coast north of the equator. Western Atlantic: both tropical and subtropical.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 5-7; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 4-4. Distinguishing characteristics of metamorphosed female: relatively small esca, width about equal to length; conspicuous bulbous posteriorly oriented terminal escal papilla; absence of posterior and anterior escal appendages; escal pore at posterobasal margin of terminal papilla; teeth in lower jaw 25-65, upper jaw with 27-82 teeth; vomerine teeth 4-14 (Ref. 86949).
Biology:  Found near or on continental shelf, old specimens probably benthic (Ref. 6939). Bentho-, meso- and bathypelagic (Ref. 58302).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 09 May 2013 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
Country info:  Museum: off Honaunau Bay, Kona, BPBM 30655 (Ref. 34601).

Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 14.05.94
Modified by: OrtaƱez, Auda Kareen - 11.07.07

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