Halieutichthys intermedius

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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 intermedius


  • Type locality: 29◦31'N, 87◦37'45"W, Florida, U.S.A., Gulf of Mexico, c. 57 meters.
  • Diagnosis. A member of the H. aculeatus complex distinguished by the presence of uniformly blunt tubercles; tubercles almost always absent dorsal to orbit; both inner and outer sphenotic tubercles strongly reduced; and principal tubercles of disk margin blunt with spinelets generally reduced in degree of development. A relatively small species with adult body size attaining <70 mm LS.
  • Distribution. Currently known only from northern Gulf of Mexico. Specimens collected from shoreline to depth of 366 m, although most individuals taken from <50 meters.
  • Etymology. The specific epithet, intermedius, refers to ‘intermediate’ character states observed in this taxon when compared to H. aculeatus and H. bispinosus in the 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.