Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Lophiiformes
(Anglerfishes) > Gigantactinidae
Etymology: Gigantactis: Greek, 'gigas' or 'gigantos' = gigantic + Greek, 'aktis' = ray (referring to the unusually long first dorsal-fin spine that functions as a lure in this genus) (Ref. 86949).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 1005 - 1360 m (Ref. 86949). Deep-water
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.7 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 5. Esca with a dense cluster of 14-16 short, lanceolate appendages, each with numerous tiny spherical inclusions, emerging from a distal patch of pigment (Ref. 41361); length of illicium 247-256% SL; escal bulb without distal prolongation; escal papillae absent; proximal escal papillae absent; short dentary teeth (longest 1.1-1.4% SL), arranged posteriorly in two longitudinal series; length of caudal fin rays less than 37% SL; weakly developed skin coverage of proximal part of caudal fin; caudal fin rays free nearly to base (Ref. 86949).
Known from 3 specimens, the biggest of which is an adolescent female measuring 5.7 cm SL (Ref. 41361).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Bertelsen, E., 1990. Gigantactinidae. p. 513-515. 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. 10761)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 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), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.6 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .