Chaunax flammeus Le Danois, 1979

Ho, Hsuan-Ching & Ma, Wen-Chun, 2016, Revision of southern African species of the anglerfish genus Chaunax (Lophiiformes: Chaunacidae), with descriptions of three new species, Zootaxa 4144 (2), pp. 175-194: 190-191

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scientific name

Chaunax flammeus Le Danois, 1979
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Chaunax flammeus Le Danois, 1979 

Tables 2 –4

Chaunax umbrinus flammeus Le Danois, 1979:17  , figs. 6–8 (type locality: North of Madagascar, 12°49'1.2"S, 48°4'58.8"E, 760–810 m).GoogleMaps 

Chaunax flammeus Le Danois, 1979  : Ho & Last, 2013:444.

Material examined. MNHN 1977-0047 (95.7), holotype, 12°49'1.2"S, 48°4'58.8"E, 760–810 m, 14 Sep. 1977.

Diagnosis. A species in the C. fimbriatus  species group with cirri on supraocular membrane; uniformly creamy white when preserved; GRii=9; and lateral-line neuromasts: BD=2, GH=10, BI= 31. Color when fresh pinkish with yellow markings (Le Danios, 1979).

Distribution. Known only from the holotype collected from the western Indian Ocean off northern Madagascar at depth 760– 810 m.

Remarks. Le Danios (1979) described the species from only one specimen. There are, however, many specimens collected in the same time as the holotype and were later identified as C. flammeus  . Examination on these specimens revealed at least four species, C. atimovatae  , C. heemstraorum  , C. apus  and C. hollemani  . In his drawing Le Danios (1979) clearly showed cirri on top of the head, an important character which places the species to the C. fimbriatus  species group, and is thus the third species that can be ascribed to the group (subsequent to C. fimbriatus  and C. umbrinus  ) ( Ho & Last, 2013).

It is should be noted that with large number of specimens collected around Madagascar was examined by us, none could be ascribed to C. flammeus  which may suggest that the species has a relatively narrow distribution in the deep water of northern Madagascar.

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Chordata

Class

Actinopterygii

Order

Lophiiformes

Family

Chaunacidae

Genus

Chaunax

Loc

Chaunax flammeus Le Danois, 1979

Ho, Hsuan-Ching & Ma, Wen-Chun 2016

2016
Loc

Chaunax flammeus

Ho 2013: 444

2013