Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Lophiiformes
(Anglerfishes) > Himantolophidae
Etymology: Himantolophus: Greek, himas or himantos = leather strap, thong or leash (referring to the thick leathery illicium) + Greek, lopho or lophio = crest or tuft (referring to the baited illicium projecting from the head) (Ref. 86949).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range - 610 m (Ref. 46206), usually - m (Ref. ). Deep-water; 0°C -
Eastern Central Atlantic: 9°10'N, 15°39'W (type locality).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.3 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 4. Distinguishing characteristics of metamorphosed female: anterior escal appendage 2.7-23% SL; distal escal appendage 1.3-2.7% SL in specimens 3-5.5 cm, 9% SL in 8.3 cm specimen; pointed anterior pair of distal escal lobes, blunt posterior pair; posterior escal appendage 2.7-16% SL divided at base into 3 simple branches or represented by a transverse series of 3 simple filaments; posterolateral appendages 8-23, more or less arranged regularly in pairs on base of escal bulb; distal half of illicium, simple or divided into 2 or 3 branches, longest pair 8.9-30% SL (Ref. 86949).
Specimens taken in bottom trawls at 600-610 m (Ref. 86949).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Eschmeyer, W.N. (ed.), 2003. Catalog of fishes. Updated database version of March 2003. Catalog databases as made available to FishBase in March 2003. (Ref. 46206)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
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=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.5 ±0.61 se; based on food items.
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .