Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Lophiiformes
(Anglerfishes) > Chaunacidae
Etymology: Chaunax: Greek, chaunax, -akos = a conceited man (Ref. 45335); mulleus: Name from Latin 'mulleus' meaning a red shoe; referring to the distinct deep-red ventral surface of
outer half of the pectoral and pelvic fins and ventral surface of anal and caudal fins in fresh specimens.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 720 - 1100 m (Ref. 93086). Deep-water
Southwest Pacific: New Zealand.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 16.1 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 93086)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 6 - 7. This species is distinguished in having a uniformly pinkish colour with deep red colour on under side of distal half of pectoral and pelvic fins and lower margin of caudal fin; further distinguished from its congeners in having the following characters: modally 1 spine on each side of lateral line neuromast complex; often with 12 pectoral-fin rays; thin and tapering caudal peduncle; illicium relatively short and thick; esca whitish with some pink cirri when fresh; greyish gill chamber and gill arches; gill rakers - GRi =17-18 (3-4+14); GRii 14-15; GRiii 14-15; GRiv =12; lateral-line neuromast counts - AB =11-13 (mainly 12); AC =8-9 (8); BB' =4-5 (4); BD =2-3; CD =6-8 (6-7); EF =3-6 (4); FG =4-5 (4); GH =11-15 (12-14); BI =32-40 (Ref. 90886).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Ho, H.-C., C.D. Roberts and A.L. Stewart, 2013. A review of the anglerfish genus Chaunax (Lophiiformes: Chaunacidae) from New Zealand and adjacent waters, with descriptions of four new species. Zootaxa 3620(1):089-111. (Ref. 93086)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 4.1 - 6.1, mean 5.9 (based on 25 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01950 (0.00739 - 0.05145), b=3.00 (2.77 - 3.23), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.0 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .