Friday, September 16, 2016

[Ichthyology • 2015] Chaunacops spinosus • A New Anglerfish from eastern Australia and New Caledonia (Lophiiformes: Chaunacidae), with New Data and Submersible Observation of Chaunacops melanostomus


Chaunacops spinosus Ho & McGrouther, 2015

A new deep-sea anglerfish of the genus Chaunacops is described based on three specimens collected from eastern Australia and New Caledonia. It differs from its congeners in having fine dermal spinules, mixed with simple and bifurcate ones, densely covering the body, four neuromasts on the pectoral series of the lateral line and a combination of other characteristics. Data for Chaunacops melanostomus based on 31 specimens newly collected from Western Australia are provided. An underwater observation of C. melanostomus made by a remotely operated vehicle is also provided.

Keywords: Chaunacops spinosus n. sp; coffinfish; Ichthyology; Pisces; taxonomy; ROV


H.-C. Ho and M. McGrouther. 2015. A New Anglerfish from eastern Australia and New Caledonia (Lophiiformes: Chaunacidae: Chaunacops), with New Data and Submersible Observation of Chaunacops melanostomus.
Journal of Fish Biology. 86(3); 940–951. DOI: 10.1111/jfb.12607

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