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Biology

Also mesopelagic (Ref. 10761).
  • Bertelsen, E. 1990 Gigantactinidae. p. 513-515. 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. 10761)
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Distribution

Tropical and subtropical parts of all oceans (only records of males and larvae are known in the Indian and Pacific Ocean).
  • Bertelsen, E. 1990 Gigantactinidae. p. 513-515. 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. 10761)
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Western Central Atlantic; Hawaiian Islands; probably more widespread.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal soft rays (total): 3 - 4; Analsoft rays: 4
  • Pietsch, T.W. 2009 Oceanic anglerfishes. Extraordinary Diversity in the Deep Sea. Oceanic Anglerfishes, i-xii; 1-557pp. (Ref. 86949)
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Size

Max. size

12.6 cm TL (female)
  • Bertelsen, E. 1990 Gigantactinidae. p. 513-515. 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. 10761)
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Diagnostic Description

Length of illicium 143-158% SL; secondary illicial filaments absent (Ref. 86949).
  • Pietsch, T.W. 2009 Oceanic anglerfishes. Extraordinary Diversity in the Deep Sea. Oceanic Anglerfishes, i-xii; 1-557pp. (Ref. 86949)
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

bathypelagic; marine; depth range 300 - 600 m (Ref. 86949)
  • Pietsch, T.W. 2009 Oceanic anglerfishes. Extraordinary Diversity in the Deep Sea. Oceanic Anglerfishes, i-xii; 1-557pp. (Ref. 86949)
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Depth: 0 - 400m.
Recorded at 400 meters.

Habitat: bathypelagic. Also mesopelagic (Ref. 10761).
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Trophic Strategy

Mesopelagic (Ref. 10761).
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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Wikipedia

Rhynchactis leptonema

Rhynchactis leptonema is a species of whipnose angler found in tropical and sub-tropical oceans where it is found at depths of around 400 metres (1,300 ft). This species grows to a length of 12.6 centimetres (5.0 in) TL.

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