Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Lophiiformes
(Anglerfishes) > Oneirodidae
Etymology: Oneirodes: Greek, 'oneiros' = a dream or dreamlike or out of a dream (suggesting this fish is so strange and marvelous that can exist only in dreams) (Ref. 86949).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 960 - 1132 m (Ref. 86949). Deep-water
Indo-West Pacific: New Zealand and Tasmania.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 4. Characterized by having escal morphology: large internally pigmented anterior appendage, its width nearly equal to that of illicium, length including terminal filaments greater than 22% SL; unpaired, highly filamentous medial escal appendage arising from base of terminal escal papilla; short, cylindrical posterior escal appendage; subopercle without indentation on posterodorsal margin; length of ventral fork of opercle 27.6-31.4% SL; ratio of lengths of the dorsal and ventral forks of opercle 0.45-0.47; absence of epibranchial teeth; well toothed pharyngobranchial II; upper jaw teeth 27-34, lower jaw teeth 34-42; teeth on vomer 6; dorsal fin rays 5; anal fin rays 4; pectoral fin rays 16-17; head length 41.4-48.6% SL; head depth 44.0-51.4% SL; head width 31.0-42.9%SL; premaxilla length 34.4-36.6% SL; length of lower jaw 45.6-48.6% SL; length of illicium 16.4-27.1% SL (Ref. 86949).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Eschmeyer, W.N. (ed.), 2001. Catalog of fishes. Updated database version of December 2001. Catalog databases as made available to FishBase in December 2001. (Ref. 40966)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 3.5 - 5.7, mean 5 °C (based on 31 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 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
): 3.9 ±0.7 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).