Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Lophiiformes
(Anglerfishes) > Gigantactinidae
Etymology: Rhynchactis: Greek, 'rhynch' = beak or snout + Greek, 'aktis' = ray (in reference to the illicium that arises near the tip of the snout) (Ref. 86949); microthrix: Specific name refers to the fine hairlike secondary filaments of the illicium.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 0 - 2250 m (Ref. 28611). Deep-water
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.3 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 4. Length of illicium 210% SL, tip with 4 tiny filaments; irregular series of 19 filaments on distal 14% of length of illicium, five longest 2-4%SL, all gradually tapering from base to tip (Ref. 86949).
Western Indian Ocean.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Bertelsen, E. and T.W. Pietsch, 1998. Revision of the deepsea anglerfish genus Rhynchactis Regan (Lophiiformes: Gigantactinidae), with descriptions of two new species. Copeia 1998(3):583-590. (Ref. 28611)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
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
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), based on all LWR estimates (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.9 ±0.2 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .