Chaunacops melanostomus

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Taxonavigation: Chaunacioidea 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Cladus: Craniata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Superclassis/Classis: Actinopterygii
Classis/Subclassis: Actinopteri
Subclassis/Infraclassis: Neopterygii
Infraclassis: Teleostei
Megacohors: Osteoglossocephalai
Supercohors: Clupeocephala
Cohors: Euteleosteomorpha
Subcohors: Neoteleostei
Infracohors: Eurypterygia
Sectio: Ctenosquamata
Subsectio: Acanthomorphata
Divisio/Superordo: Acanthopterygii
Subdivisio: Percomorphaceae
Series: Eupercaria
Ordo: Lophiiformes
Subordo: Ogcocephalioidei
Superfamilia: Chaunacioidea

Familia: Chaunacidae
Genus: Chaunacops
Species: Chaunacops melanostomus


Chaunacops melanostomus (Caruso, 1989)

  • Holotype: ZIN N48575.
  • Paratype: ZMMU P-17403-05 (4, 3, 1), P-17478 (1, not found).

Type locality: Southeastern Indian Ocean, 16°55'S, 114°53'E, depth 1600-1700 meters.

Etymology: The name melanostomus alludes to the black pigment lining the buccal cavity that is unique to this species among the currently recognized chaunacid species.


Vernacular names[edit]

English: Dark Tadpole Coffinfish


  • Caruso, J. H., 1989: A review of the Indo-Pacific members of the deep-water chaunacid anglerfish genus Bathychaunax, with the description of a new species from the eastern Indian Ocean (Pisces: Lophiiformes). Bulletin of Marine Science, 45 (3): 574–579. PDF