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 750 - 3000 m (Ref. 86949), usually 1250 - 2000 m (Ref. 86949). Deep-water
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 13.4 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 4. Distinguishing characteristics: esca with stout, unpigmented anterior appendage; pair of medial escal appendages each consisting of 2 to 3 branched filaments, distal tips pigmented; terminal escal papilla truncated; stout, unpigmented posterior escal appendage; absence of lateral escal appendages; long illicium; absence of epibranchial teeth, presence of teeth on pharyngobranchial II; upper jaw teeth 50-145, lower jaw teeth 59-137; vomer with 6-14 teeth (Ref. 086949).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Orr, J.W., 1991. A new species of the ceratioid anglerfish genus Oneirodes (Oneirodidae) from the western North Atlantic, with a revised key to the genus. Copeia 1991(4):1024-1031. (Ref. 36336)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
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Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 2 - 2.3, mean 2.2 °C (based on 19 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
): 4.1 ±0.7 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).