Diceratias bispinosus (Günther, 1887)
Two-rod anglerfish
Diceratias bispinosus
photo by Randall, J.E.

Family:  Diceratiidae (Double anglers (Ref. 07463) or Doublespine Seadevils (Ref. 86949))
Max. size:  11.2 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathypelagic; marine; depth range 533 - 2306 m
Distribution:  Indo-Pacific: Bay of Bengal, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines.
Diagnosis:  A species of Diceratias with esca having distinct anterior and posterior appendages. Distinguishing characteristics of metamorphosed female: relatively small esca, width about equal to length; low rounded terminal escal papilla; well developed anterior and posterior escal appendages, usually bearing small secondary filaments; bulbous anterior escal appendage, sometimes branched; laterally compressed posterior escal appendage, row of small secondary filaments along outer margin, at most 5; posterobasal margin of terminal papilla with escal pore; lower jaw with 14-65 teeth, upper jaw with 18-99 teeth; vomerine teeth 4-9 (Ref. 86949).
Biology:  Specimens captured in closing trawls or taken in open nets (Ref. 86949).
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 11 October 2018 Ref. (130435)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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