Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Lophiiformes
(Anglerfishes) > Chaunacidae
Etymology: Chaunax: Greek, chaunax, -akos = a conceited man (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 343 - 658 m (Ref. 26165). Deep-water
Indo-West Pacific: widespread; including Kenya, South Africa, Madagascar, Japan,
Taiwan, South China Sea, Australia and New Zealand.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 28.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 559)
soft rays: 6 - 7. This species is characterized by the following: D III,11-12 (modally 12); A 6-7 (7); pectoral-fin rays 11-13; presence of a black and very deep illicial trough; extremely short illicium and esca with numerous stout black (anterior face) and white (posterior face) cirri; gill rakers: GRi = 13-14 (3-4+9-10); GRii = 8-10; GRiii = 8-11; GRiv = 7-8; lateral-line counts: AB = 10-12 (mainly 11); BB' = 4-5 (5); BD = 2-3 (2); CD = 6-7; EF = 3-5 (4); FG = 3-4 (3); GH = 10-13 (11-12); BI = 35-40 (36-38) (Ref. 93086).
A benthic species (Ref. 75154) found on the continental slopes (Ref. 7300, 75154).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Ho, H.-C., C.D. Roberts and A.L. Stewart, 2013. A review of the anglerfish genus Chaunax (Lophiiformes: Chaunacidae) from New Zealand and adjacent waters, with descriptions of four new species. Zootaxa 3620(1):089-111. (Ref. 93086)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 6.4 - 13.3, mean 9.6 °C (based on 254 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01905 (0.00759 - 0.04785), b=3.02 (2.80 - 3.24), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.2 ±0.7 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (24 of 100).