Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Lophiiformes
(Anglerfishes) > Oneirodidae
Etymology: Chaenophryne: Greek, 'chaeno' or 'chaino' = to gape + Greek, 'phryne' = toad (alluring to a "gaping toad") (Ref. 86949). More on author: Regan.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 500 - 1000 m (Ref. 5951). Deep-water, preferred ?; 46°N - 60°S, 180°W - 180°E
Tropical to temperate parts of all oceans. Northeast Pacific: south of southern California to Oregon, USA (Ref. 265).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 24.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75756); 20.7 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 5 - 6. Distinguishing characteristics of metamorphosed female: esca with a pair of elongate internally pigmented and bilaterally placed anterior appendages, less than one-tenth to greater than length of escal bulb; smaller ratio between number of upper and lower jaw teeth, 0.70-0.94; total number of teeth in upper jaw teeth 28-40, lower jaw 34-57 teeth; vomerine teeth 4-8; length of illicium 22.4-40.3% SL; escal bulb width 5.3-11.4% SL; has fewer dorsal and anal fin rays than C.ramifera, and greater number of pectoral fin rays than all other species of the genus (Ref. 86949).
Bathypelagic (Ref. 58426). Also mesopelagic. Males dwarfed, non-parasitic (Ref. 10524). Feeds on fishes, cephalopods and crustaceans (Ref. 58426).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Bertelsen, E., 1990. Oneirodidae. p. 498-507. In J.C. Quero, J.C. Hureau, C. Karrer, A. Post, and L. Saldanha (eds.) Check-list of the fishes of the eastern tropical Atlantic (CLOFETA). JNICT, Lisbon; SEI, Paris; and UNESCO, Paris. Vol. 1. (Ref. 10524)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5312 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01995 (0.00906 - 0.04395), b=3.01 (2.83 - 3.19), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.1 ±0.55 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (43 of 100) .