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Comprehensive Description

Biology

Found on continental shelves and slopes, from approximately 200 m and below (Ref. 10756). A solitary species (Ref. 26340).
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Distribution

Apparently worldwide in tropical to temperate waters. 51.8°N to 12.5°S.
  • North-West Atlantic Ocean species (NWARMS)
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Circumglobal in tropical to temperate waters. Reported from the Arafura Sea (Ref. 9819). Absent from the Mediterranean (Ref. 36129).
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Cosmopolitan.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 1; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11 - 12; Analspines: 0; Analsoft rays: 5 - 7
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Size

Maximum size: 400 mm TL
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Max. size

40.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 4115))
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Diagnostic Description

Rosy in color with golden spots on head and body; fins pink; front of esca dusky with rosy colored stem (Ref. 4115).
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Ecology

Habitat

Known from seamounts and knolls
  • Stocks, K. 2009. Seamounts Online: an online information system for seamount biology. Version 2009-1. World Wide Web electronic publication.
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benthic
  • North-West Atlantic Ocean species (NWARMS)
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Found on continental shelves and slopes, from approximately 200 m and below.
  • North-West Atlantic Ocean species (NWARMS)
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Environment

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 200 - 978 m (Ref. 50308)
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Depth range based on 335 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 245 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 60 - 1401
  Temperature range (°C): 3.006 - 18.757
  Nitrate (umol/L): 4.792 - 35.686
  Salinity (PPS): 34.276 - 36.604
  Oxygen (ml/l): 1.249 - 5.201
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.307 - 2.602
  Silicate (umol/l): 1.641 - 69.977

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 60 - 1401

Temperature range (°C): 3.006 - 18.757

Nitrate (umol/L): 4.792 - 35.686

Salinity (PPS): 34.276 - 36.604

Oxygen (ml/l): 1.249 - 5.201

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.307 - 2.602

Silicate (umol/l): 1.641 - 69.977
 
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Depth: 200 - 658m.
From 200 to 658 meters.

Habitat: bathydemersal. Found on the continental shelf and slope, from approximately 200 m and below (Ref. 10756).
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Trophic Strategy

Depths range from 275 to 625 m. Found on continental shelves and slopes, from approximately 200 m and below (Ref. 10756). A solitary species (Ref. 26340). Potential prey of Laminaria (Ref. 58472).
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Statistics of barcoding coverage: Chaunax pictus

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 9
Specimens with Barcodes: 14
Species With Barcodes: 1
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Barcode data: Chaunax pictus

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


There are 2 barcode sequences available from BOLD and GenBank.  Below is a sequence of the barcode region Cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI or COX1) from a member of the species.  See the BOLD taxonomy browser for more complete information about this specimen and other sequences.

ACACGTTGATTTTTCTCGACCAATCACAAAGACATCGGCACCCTATACCTAGTTTTTGGCGCCTGAGCTGGAATAGTCGGTACAGCTTTA---AGCCTACTTATTCGAGCCGAACTAAGCCAACCAGGCTCACTTTTAGGAGAC---GACCAGATTTATAATGTAATTGTTACAGCACATGCCTTTGTAATAATCTTTTTCATAGTAATGCCAGTCATGATCGGGGGGTTTGGAAATTGACTTATCCCCCTAATG---ATCGGGGCCCCTGACATGGCATTCCCTCGAATAAATAACATAAGCTTTTGACTCCTGCCCCCCTCCTTCCTTCTCCTGCTCGCTTCCTCCGGAGTCGAAGCCGGAGCCGGTACCGGGTGGACCGTTTACCCCCCGCTAGCGGGGAACCTCGCCCATGCAGGAGCATCTGTTGATTTA---ACAATCTTTTCTCTTCACCTAGCAGGGATCTCATCAATTCTTGGAGCCATTAACTTTATTACAACAATTATTAATATAAAACCCCCAGCTATCTCGCAATATCAAACCCCTCTCTTCGTCTGGGCCGTTTTAATTACCGCCGTCCTTCTTTTGCTTTCCCTCCCCGTACTTGCTGCC---GGCATCACCATACTTCTCACAGACCGAAACCTAAATACAACTTTCTTCGACCCCGCAGGAGGAGGAGACCCGATTCTTTACCAACACCTATTCTGATTCTTTGGACACCCTGAAGTGTATATTCTGATTCTACCCGGATTTGGGATAGTTTCACATATCGTTGCCTACTACTCCGGCAAAAAA---GAACCATTTGGCCACATGGGCATGGTGTGAGCTATAATAGCCATCGGCCTCCTAGGCTTTATTGTGTGGGCCCACCACATATTTACAGTTGGGATGGACGTAGACACACGCGCATACTTCACATCCGCCACAATAATCATCGCAATCCCCACAGGTGTTAAGGTGTTCAGCTGACTG---GCGACCTTGCACGGGG
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

fisheries: of no interest
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Wikipedia

Pink frogmouth

The pink frogmouth, Chaunax pictus, is a sea toad of the family Chaunacidae, found around the world on continental shelves in tropical and temperate waters (except the Caribbean Sea), at depths of between 200 and 660 m. Its length is up to 40 cm.

References

  • Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2006). "Chaunax pictus" in FishBase. May 2006 version.
  • Tony Ayling & Geoffrey Cox, Collins Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand, (William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1982) ISBN 0-00-216987-8
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