Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Lophiiformes
(Anglerfishes) > Oneirodidae
Etymology: Oneirodes: Greek, 'oneiros' = a dream or dreamlike or out of a dream (suggesting this fish is so strange and marvelous that can exist only in dreams) (Ref. 86949).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 700 - 1400 m (Ref. 86949). Deep-water
Eastern Central Pacific: Mexico.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 4. Characterized by having escal morphology: esca with filamentous, branched anterior appendage two times length of escal bulb, without internal pigment; presence of spots of dark pigment on most branches of anterior appendage; absence of medial escal appendage; rounded or conical terminal escal papilla with two bilaterally placed distal spots of pigment; posterior escal appendage, as long as escal bulb, with an anteroposteriorly compressed distal end, posterior surface of which is slightly concave and darkly pigmented; absence of lateral escal appendage; two pairs of filamentous anterolateral escal appendages; inner pair of branched tapering appendages flanking anterior appendage, each less than one-half length of escal bulb; long and narrow subopercle, dorsal end tapering to a point, without indentation on posterodorsal margin; length of ventral fork of opercle 25.3-28.6% SL; ratio of lengths of the dorsal and ventral forks of opercle 0.54-0.62; absence of epibranchial teeth; presence of teeth on pharyngobranchial II; upper jaw teeth 49-69, lower jaw teeth 46-60; teeth on vomer 4-8; dorsal fin rays 5-6; anal fin rays 4; pectoral fin rays 15-16; head length 38.9-43.4% SL; head depth 37.7-41.7% SL; premaxilla length 32.2-33.3% SL; length of lower jaw 42.1-44.3% SL; length of illicium 45.9-51.6% SL (Ref. 86949).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Orr, J.W., 1991. A new species of the ceratioid anglerfish genus Oneirodes (Oneirodidae) from the western North Atlantic, with a revised key to the genus. Copeia 1991(4):1024-1031. (Ref. 36336)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
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Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 3.3 - 4.1, mean 3.7 (based on 16 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [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), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.9 ±0.7 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (32 of 100) .