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); micronema: Name is derived from the Greek micro, meaning small, and nema, thread, alluding to the short appendages of the esca, and is considered as Noun in apposition..
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 650 - 1000 m (Ref. 86949). Deep-water
Western Central Pacific: Banda Sea, Indonesia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 39822)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 4. Characterized by having escal morphology: anterior appendage with lateral filament on each side; pair of unbranched medial appendages; terminal papilla with pair of pigment spots; slender posterior appendage with expanded distal tip; single unbranched anterolateral appendage on each side; absence of lateral appendages; all appendages less than length of escal bulb; long and narrow subopercle, dorsal end tapering to a point, without indentation on posterodorsal margin; length of ventral fork of opercle 24.8% SL; ratio of lengths of the dorsal and ventral forks of opercle 0.48; absence of epibranchial teeth; presence of teeth on pharyngobranchial II; upper jaw teeth 20-56, lower jaw teeth 32-55; teeth on vomer 4-8; dorsal fin rays 6; anal fin rays 4; pectoral fin rays 14-15; head length 45.3-47.1% SL; head depth 34.8-35.3% SL; premaxilla length 28.1-29.4% SL; length of lower jaw 43.3-47.1% SL; length of illicium 35.3-74.2% SL (Ref. 86949).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Grobecker, D.B., 1978. A new species of anglerfish, genus Oneirodes (Oneirodidae), from the Banda Sea. Copeia 1978(4):567-568. (Ref. 39822)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
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Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 3 - 3.7, mean 3.3 °C (based on 231 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).