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Chaunax nebulosus  Ho & Last, 2013

Eyespot coffinfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Lophiiformes (Anglerfishes) > Chaunacidae (Sea toads)
Etymology: Chaunax: Greek, chaunax, -akos = a conceited man (Ref. 45335);  nebulosus: Name from Latin word nebula, meaning "cloudy" (more or less), referring to its unique, diffuse, grayish green colour pattern overlain dorsally with five black spots.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 218 - 380 m (Ref. 94130).   Tropical; 18°S - 32°S (Ref. 94130)

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Eastern Indian Ocean: NW Australia.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 21.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 94130)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 12; Anal soft rays: 7. This species which is a member of the C. fimbriatus-species group is distinguished from its congeners by its dense covering of minute grayish-green irregular spots, five large blackish dorsal markings and by the following characters: modally 14 pectoral-fin rays; bridging each neuromast are 3-4 pairs of spinules; second gill arch with 8-9 rakers; long and slender illicium; elongate illicial trough which is longer than wide; esca with numerous thin pale cirri with brown tips; pale gill chamber with large blackish patch on inner wall of opercle; pale peritoneal membrane; lateral-line neuromast counts: anterior body proper = 3-5 (mainly 4), upper preopercular = 2-3 (2), infraorbital = 5-7 (6), hyomandibular = 3-4 (3), pectoral = 10-12 (10 or 11), body proper = 29-35 (Ref. 94130).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Deepest capture of a specimen collected from a trawl station covered 20-850 m depth interval (Ref. 94130).

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Ho, H.-C. and P.R. Last, 2013. Two new species of the coffinfish genus Chaunax (Lophiiformes: Chaunacidae) from the Indian Ocean. Zootaxa 3710(5):436-448. (Ref. 94130)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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