Teleostei (teleosts) > Lophiiformes
(Anglerfishes) > Chaunacidae
(Sea toads o coffinfishes)
Etymology: Chaunax: Greek, chaunax, -akos = a conceited man (Ref. 45335).
More on author: Hilgendorf.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 500 - 1985 m (Ref. 7460). Deep-water; 35°N - 34°S, 102°E - 153°W
Northwest Pacific: Japan and Taiwan; most probably in East China Sea and/or the Okinawa Trough, but rarely in the South China Sea. No reliable reports outside this area and need to be checked.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 14.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 559)
A species belonging to the C. fimbriatus species group which is distinguished mainly from its congeners by having two large pale patches on its dorsal surface, one associated with the embedded third dorsal spine and another before the origin of the soft dorsal fin; mainly four neuromasts in the lower preopercular series (vs. mainly 3 in other congeners) (Ref. 94130).
Benthic (Ref. 58302). Edible (Ref. 637).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Masuda, H., K. Amaoka, C. Araga, T. Uyeno and T. Yoshino, 1984. The fishes of the Japanese Archipelago. Vol. 1. Tokai University Press, Tokyo, Japan. 437 p. (text). (Ref. 559)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 126983)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 3.5 - 6.5, mean 4.6 °C (based on 54 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (0.00514 - 0.02450), b=3.04 (2.87 - 3.21), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.9 ±0.7 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).