Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Lophiiformes
(Anglerfishes) > Oneirodidae
Etymology: Dolopichthys: Greek, 'dolops' or 'dolopos' = ambusher + Greek, 'ichthys' = fish (meaning "a fish that attacks by surprise") (Ref. 86949). More on author: Garman.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; non-migratory; depth range 1050 - 2000 m (Ref. 86949). Deep-water
Atlantic Ocean: north of Azores. Northwest Atlantic: Canada (Ref. 5951). Also known from the Southeast Pacific.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.2 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 5 - 6. Characterized by having two posteriorly directed papillae placed bilaterally on dorsal surface of escal bulb, each darkly pigmented on dorsal surface and on distal tip; compressed posterior appendage crescent shaped, unpigmented and short, equal to or less than length of escal bulb; unpigmented swollen basal part of posterior appendage; presence of connecting membrane between anterior and posterior filaments of posterior escal appendage; darkly pigmented posterior edge of anterior filament of posterior escal appendage; lower jaw teeth 42-128; absence of vomerine teeth in specimens 18.5 mm and larger, 2 teeth or less in smaller specimens; dorsal fin rays 6-7; anal fin rays 5-6; pectoral fin rays 19-21; head length 33.1-42.5% SL; head width 17.6-26.0% SL; head depth 26.3-37.5%SL; premaxilla length 20.4-29.5% SL; length of lower jaw 30.1-41.9% SL; length of illicium 26.9-48.9% SL (Ref. 86949).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Bertelsen, E., 1986. Oneirodidae. p. 1383-1399. In P.J.P. Whitehead, M.-L. Bauchot, J.-C. Hureau, J. Nielsen, and E. Tortonese (eds.) Fishes of the North-eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean. UNESCO, Paris, Vol. 3. (Ref. 10523)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 2.4 - 4.1, mean 3.4 (based on 137 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5078 [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 ±0.6 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.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (25 of 100) .