Sladenia zhui Ni, Wu & Li, 2012

Family:  Lophiidae (Goosefishes)
Max. size:  65 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; marine; depth range - 979 m
Distribution:  Western Pacific: East China Sea and the South China Sea.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 4-4; Dorsal soft rays (total): 9-10; Anal spines: 0-0; Anal soft rays: 6-7. This species is distinguished from its congeners by the following characters: a wider snout (11.7-13.1% of SL; 29.2-34.6% of HL); dorsal spines 4, the 1st and 2nd close to the tip of snout, 3rd and 4th completely contained within loose fold of skin which connects these 2 spines to the soft dorsal fin; with blunt, sturdy cranial spines; uniform brown coloration, lacking vermiculations or contrasting pigment (Ref. 89623).
IUCN Red List Status: Data deficient (DD); Date assessed: 12 August 2019 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless

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