Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Lophiiformes
(Anglerfishes) > Gigantactinidae
Etymology: Rhynchactis: Greek, 'rhynch' = beak or snout + Greek, 'aktis' = ray (in reference to the illicium that arises near the tip of the snout) (Ref. 86949). More on author: Regan.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 300 - 600 m (Ref. 86949). Deep-water
Tropical and subtropical parts of all oceans (only records of males and larvae are known in the Indian and Pacific Ocean).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 12.6 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Also mesopelagic (Ref. 10761).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
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. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 9.5 - 11.6, mean 9.7 (based on 15 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [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
): 3.8 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .