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Gigantactis longicauda  Bertelsen & Pietsch, 2002

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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);  longicauda: From the Latin longus, for long, and cauda for tail, in reference to the deeply cleft caudal fin and elongate caudal fin rays (Ref. 41361).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 500 - 1200 m (Ref. 86949).   Deep-water, preferred ?

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Western Central Atlantic.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.4 cm SL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 5; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 5. Metamorphosed females differ from all other Gigantactis congeners in having length of illicium 330% SL; escal bulb nearly spherical, with a short, truncated distal prolongation, pigmented distally, and bearing two pairs of short, spatulate appendages; stem of illicium without filaments (Ref. 41361); short dentary teeth (longest tooth 1.7% SL), arranged posteriorly in two longitudinal series; longest caudal fin rays 50% SL (Ref. 86949).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Known only from the holotype collected in an open midwater trawl (Ref. 41361). Maximum length based on an immature female (Ref. 41361).

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Bertelsen, E. and T.W. Pietsch, 2002. New species of deep-sea anglerfish of the genus Gigantactis (Lophiiformes: Gigantactinidae) from the western North Atlantic Ocean. Copeia 2002(4):958-961. (Ref. 41361)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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