Chaenophryne ramifera Regan & Trewavas, 1932
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Family:  Oneirodidae (Dreamers)
Max. size:  9.6 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathypelagic; depth range 200 - 1000 m
Distribution:  Tropical and subtropical parts of all oceans.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 7-8; Anal soft rays: 5-6. Distinguishing characteristics of metamorphosed female: esca with single elongate internally pigmented anterior appendage, approximately one-fourth to nearly one-third length of escal bulb, trilobed distally with 3 round translucent windows; anterior escal appendage flanked laterally by an elongate unpigmented swelling; absence of medial escal appendages; posterior escal appendages with swollen basal portion and compressed distal crest, with terminal, anteriorly directed crescent-shaped filament and a pair of anterior lobes each bearing none to several filaments; 2-3 filamentous anterolateral escal appendage on each side; basal series of 7-12 filaments on each side; total number of teeth in upper jaw 25-51, lower jaw with 33-53 teeth; ratio between number of teeth in upper jaw to lower jaw teeth 0.76-0.98; vomerine teeth 4-8; length of illicium 32.8-47.4% SL; escal bulb width 4.5-6.5% SL (Ref. 86949).
Biology:  Also mesopelagic (Ref. 10524).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 09 May 2013 Ref. (120744)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 07.03.96

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