Caulophryne jordani Goode & Bean, 1896
Fanfin angler
Caulophryne jordani
photo by DESCNA

Family:  Caulophrynidae (Fanfins)
Max. size:  11 cm TL (male/unsexed); 20 cm TL (female)
Environment:  bathypelagic; marine; depth range 100 - 1510 m
Distribution:  Circumglobal.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16-16; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 17-17. Illicium pigmented except near esca, with 5-14 elongate translucent filaments along entire length, al but distal-most arising from posterior margin (Ref. 13608); length of illicium 16.8-36.8%SL; stem of illicium pigmented except near esca; esca with an elongate filamentous anterolateral appendage; 2 distal appendages, each bearing numerous filaments, anterior most short and stout, opaque along posterior margin, posterior most considerably more slender; posterolateral appendage bearing numerous short filaments and with palmate opaque distal tip; dorsal fin rays 16-19; anal fin rays 14-18; pectoral fin rays 16-19; upper jaw teeth 17-39; lower jaw teeth 12-26; teeth on vomer 2-5 (Ref. 86949).
Biology:  Bathy- and mesopelagic (Ref. 75154). Males parasitic on the females (Ref. 559).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 16 July 2014 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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