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Himantolophus litoceras Stewart & Pietsch, 2010

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Common names: [No common name]
Occurrence: native
Salinity: marine
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Uses: no uses
Comments: Type locality, North Island, east of North Cape, South Cavalli Seamount, NMNZ P.042004 (holotype of Himantolophus litoceras, 27.6 cm SL, female) (Ref. 85522).
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Main Ref: Stewart, A.L. and T.W. Pietsch, 2010
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Lophiiformes (Anglerfishes) > Himantolophidae (Footballfishes)
Etymology: Himantolophus: Greek, himas or himantos = leather strap, thong or leash (referring to the thick leathery illicium) + Greek, lopho or lophio = crest or tuft (referring to the baited illicium projecting from the head) (Ref. 86949);  litoceras: Named for the lack of lateral branching or filamaents on the distal escal appendages; Greek 'litos' meaning simple or plain and 'keros' for 'horn'.

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 654 - ? m (Ref. 85522).   Subtropical

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Southwest Pacific: New Zealand; expected to occur in the Tasman Sea.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 27.6 cm SL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 5; Anal soft rays: 4. This species' metamorphosed females are distinct from other species of the H. cornifer group in having a pair of simple distal escal appendages, each without any trace of lateral appendages or filaments; further diagnosed by the following: illicium length 31.1% SL (28.2% preserved); escal bulb width 11.9% (10.5% preserved); no filaments in illicium and esca; tiny, close-set dermal spinules cover the illicium, esca and proximal one-half of distal escal appendage (this appendage is darkly pigmented, tip of intact filament silvery white in freshly thawed specimens) (Ref. 85522).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Stewart, A.L. and T.W. Pietsch, 2010. A new species of deep-sea anglerfish, genus Himantolophus (Lophiiformes: Himantolophidae) from the Western South Pacific, with comments on the validity of H. pseudalbinares. Zootaxa 2671:53-60. (Ref. 85522)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)


CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [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), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  4.5   ±0.8 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (24 of 100) .