Lophodolos acanthognathus  Regan, 1925

Whalehead dreamer
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Lophiiformes (Anglerfishes) > Oneirodidae (Dreamers)
Etymology: Lophodolos: Greek, 'lopho' or 'lophio' = mane, crest or tuft + Greek, 'dolos' = artifice, deceit or guile (describing a deceitful little fish that beguiles its prey with a baited illicium) (Ref. 86949).

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Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 650 - 1500 m (Ref. 86949), usually 650 - ? m (Ref. 12204).   Deep-water, preferred ?

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Tropical to temperate parts of all oceans.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.9 cm TL (female)

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Dorsal soft rays (total): 5-7; Anal soft rays: 4 - 6. Describes female specimens (males not yet known) (Ref. 12204). Caudal fin rounded (Ref. 12204). Dark brown to black in color, parts of the esca unpigmented and silvery-white (Ref. 12204). Distinguishing characteristics of metamorphosed female: length of illicium greater than 25% SL in specimens 30 mm and larger; escal bulb width 4.4-6.7% SL in specimens 25 mm and larger; long escal appendages, length 10.2-20.9% SL in specimens 25 mm and larger, 8.7-22.2% SL in specimens less than 25mm; long sphenotic spine, length 4.1-9.2% SL in specimens 30 mm and larger; long quadrate spine, length 2.9-6.5% SL in specimens 30mm and larger (Ref. 86949).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Reaches depths greater than 1,500 m and probably not uncommon below 650 m (Ref. 12204).

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Bertelsen, E., 1986. Oneirodidae. p. 1383-1399. In P.J.P. Whitehead, M.-L. Bauchot, J.-C. Hureau, J. Nielsen, and E. Tortonese (eds.) Fishes of the North-eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean. UNESCO, Paris, Vol. 3. (Ref. 10523)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.7500   [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):  3.6   ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (22 of 100) .