Oneirodes eschrichtii Lütken, 1871
Bulbous dreamer
Oneirodes eschrichtii
photo by Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada

Family:  Oneirodidae (Dreamers)
Max. size:  28.8 cm SL (male/unsexed); 29.7 cm TL (female)
Environment:  bathypelagic; marine; depth range 750 - 2500 m
Distribution:  Circumglobal: In tropical to temperate waters. Eastern Atlantic: off Madeira, Portugal, Ireland and Iceland.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal soft rays (total): 5-7; Anal soft rays: 4-4. Esca with anterior appendage bearing papillae and a few short filaments at distal tip; posterior appendage never branched. Characterized by having similar esca to that of O.bulbosus and O.anisacanthus; lacks numerous tapering distal filaments of the anterior appendage of O.bulbosus and lateral escal appendage of O.anisacanthus; subopercle without indentation on posterodorsal margin; length of ventral fork of opercle 20.7-31.9% SL; ratio of lengths of dorsal and ventral forks of opercle 0.44-0.69; absence of epibranchial teeth; presence of teeth on pharyngobrachial II; upper jaw teeth 24-50; lower jaw teeth 29-56;teeth on vomer 4-8; dorsal fin rays 5-7; anal fin rays 4; pectoral fin rays 15-19; head length 33.3-46.2% SL; head depth 34.7-55.4% SL; premaxilla length 22.4-38.9% SL; lower-jaw length 34.3-55.7% SL; illicium length 17.8-38.6& SL (Ref. 86949).
Biology:  Mesopelagic species.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 09 May 2013 Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 07.03.96
Modified by: Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei - 17.06.13

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