Halieutichthys bispinosus

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Taxonavigation: Ogcocephalioidea 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
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: Ogcocephalioidea

Familia: Ogcocephalidae
Genus: Halieutichthys
Species: Halieutichthys bispinosus


  • Type locality: 27◦24'11"N, 84◦07'11"W, off Florida, U.S.A., Gulf of Mexico.
  • Diagnosis. A member of the H. aculeatus complex distinguished by possession of relatively strong and sharp tubercles on dorsal part of body; both inner and outer sphenotic tubercles well developed; a row of tubercles almost always present dorsal to orbit; trifid principal tubercles on disk margin with anterior spinelet enlarged; and dense arrangement of tubercles on the tail. A relatively large species with adult body size usually exceeding 60 mm LS.
  • Distribution. Widespread along Atlantic coast of the southern U.S.A. and throughout Gulf of Mexico [Fig. 7(b)]. Specimens collected at depths extending from shoreline to 400 m, with most individuals taken from <100 meters.
  • Etymology. The specific epithet, bispinosus, refers to the well-developed inner and outer sphenotic tubercles, which is unique to species within complex.

Primary references[edit]

Ho, H.-C., P. Chakrabarty and J. S. Sparks. 2010. Review of the Halieutichthys aculeatus species complex (Lophiiformes: Ogcocephalidae), with descriptions of two new species. Journal of Fish Biology v. 77 (no. 4): 841-869.