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Gigantactis gracilicauda  Regan, 1925

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Lophiiformes (Anglerfishes) > Gigantactinidae (Whipnose anglers)
Etymology: Gigantactis: Greek, 'gigas' or 'gigantos' = gigantic + Greek, 'aktis' = ray (referring to the unusually long first dorsal-fin spine that functions as a lure in this genus) (Ref. 86949).   More on author: Regan.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 2000 - 2500 m (Ref. 86949).   Deep-water

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Atlantic Ocean: in tropical waters.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.7 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 44404)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 5-6; Anal soft rays: 5 - 6. Metamorphosed females distinguished by the following characteristics: length of illicium less than 120% SL (104-107%SL); escal bulb with an elongate darkly pigmented spinulose distal prolongation; presence of short distal and slender proximal escal filaments; absence of distally flattened escal papillae; illicium without posterior pair of papillae; dentary teeth in posterior part of jaw in three longitudinal series; rays of caudal fin less than 30% SL (Ref. 86949).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Bertelsen, E., 1990. Gigantactinidae. p. 513-515. In J. C. Quero, J. C. Hureau, C. Karrer, A. Post and L. Saldanha (eds.) Check-list of the fishes of the eastern tropical Atlantic (CLOFETA). JNICT, Lisbon; SEI, Paris; and UNESCO, Paris. Vol. 1. (Ref. 10761)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 3.2 - 4.2, mean 3.6 (based on 93 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.7   ±0.2 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .