Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Lophiiformes
(Anglerfishes) > Chaunacidae
Etymology: Chaunax: Greek, chaunax, -akos = a conceited man (Ref. 45335); reticulatus: Name from Latin 'retis' for net, meaning netted or reticulate; referring to the netted colour pattern of
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 360 - 950 m (Ref. 93086). Deep-water
Southwest Pacific: seamounts and oceanic ridges of northern New Zealand and southern New Caledonia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 25.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 93086)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 6 - 7. This species of the Chaunax fimbriatus-species group is characterized possessing a cirri on head, reticulate colour pattern on dorsal surface and more than 3 pairs of spinules in lateral-line neuromast complex. It is further distinguished from its congeners in having greyish dorsal background colour with pale reticulate pattern; cirri present above the eye and none on the lower part of maxilla; 4-6 pairs of stout spinules bridging each neuromast; pectoral-fin rays 14; relatively long and slender illicium; elongate illicial trough, longer than wide; numerous thin brownish cirri on esca; gill rakers: GRi = 12-13 (3+8-9); GRii = 9; GRiii = 9; GRiv = 7-8; lateral-line neuromasts: AB = 11-12 (modally 11); AC = 7-9 (8); BB' = 4-5 (4); BD = 2-3 (2); CD = 5-8 (6-7); EF = 3-4 (4); FG = 3-4 (3); GH = 11-13 (12); BI = 30-35 (Ref. 93086).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Ho, H.-C., C.D. Roberts and A.L. Stewart, 2013. A review of the anglerfish genus Chaunax (Lophiiformes: Chaunacidae) from New Zealand and adjacent waters, with descriptions of four new species. Zootaxa 3620(1):089-111. (Ref. 93086)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 5.5 - 6.4, mean 6.2 (based on 11 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01950 (0.00756 - 0.05030), b=3.00 (2.77 - 3.23), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.2 ±0.7 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (21 of 100) .