Himantolophus macroceras Bertelsen & Krefft, 1988
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Family:  Himantolophidae (Footballfishes)
Max. size:  9.2 cm SL (female)
Environment:  bathypelagic; marine; depth range - 2100 m
Distribution:  Eastern Central Atlantic: 1°04'N, 18°22'W (type locality).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 5-5; Anal soft rays: 4-4. Distinguishing characteristics of metamorphosed female: length of illicium 30-44% SL; each primary branch of distal escal appendage unbranched, single side branch emerging from posterior margin at varying distances from base; total length of escal appendage 18% SL in 3.2 cm specimens, 59-214% SL in 5.9-9.2 cm specimens; length of distal escal appendage 5% SL in 3.2 cm specimens, 15-34% SL in 5.9-9.2 cm specimens; side branches cylindrical or slightly tapering toward blunt tip; distal appendage covered with dermal spinules, except for tips (Ref. 86949).
Biology:  Minimum depth from Ref. 58018.
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 10 July 2014 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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