Very little is known about reproduction in deep-sea fish, but many pelagic fish, including Anoplogaster cornuta, are believed to share similar reproductive mechanisms. They generally reach reproductive maturity at 13 cm in length. In many species, males are typically smaller than females, and tend to be parasitic of females, firmly latching onto their mate’s body with their jaws. Fertilization subsequently occurs, and its efficacy is dependent upon the female’s circulatory system. It is not known where the species reproduces, but it is believed that it has no special spawning areas.
Fangtooths spawn from June to August. Little else is known of reproduction in this species. Ceratioid anglerfishes ensure that both sexes are together at spawning time, which might also be occur in fangtooths.
Breeding season: Fangtooths are thought to breed from June to August.
Key Reproductive Features: sexual ; oviparous
Fangtooths are oviparous and have planktonic larvae. There is no parental care. Larvae, juveniles, and adults live in completely different regions of the ocean and little overlap occurs between habitats.
Parental Investment: no parental involvement
- Post, A. 1986. "Anoplogaster cornuta, Common fangtooth" (On-line). FishBase. Accessed February 23, 2011 at http://www.fishbase.org/Summary/SpeciesSummary.php?ID=2308&AT=fangtooth.