Redshoes Coffinfish, Chaunax mulleus Ho, Roberts & Stewart 2013


Other Names: Redshoes Frogmouth

Holotype of the Redshoes Coffinfish, Chaunax mulleus, from the West Norfolk Ridge, New Zealand, 35°10.055'S, 169°29.125'E, depth 867-869 m, NMNZ P.039650, 146 mm SL . Source: Kerryn Parkinson & Robin McPhee / NORFANZ founding parties. License: All rights reserved

Summary:
A pinkish coffinfish with a whitish underside, and deep red on the underside of outer half of the pectoral and pelvic fins, and on the lower margin of the tail. The Redshoes Coffinfish has a lure bearing many pink and whitish cirri, a relatively narrow illicial trough, and the inner mouth cavity, gill chamber and gill arches are greyish to blackish.

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Chaunax mulleus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 24 Oct 2017, http://fishesofaustralia.net.au/Home/species/5353

Redshoes Coffinfish, Chaunax mulleus Ho, Roberts & Stewart 2013

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Distribution

Occurs in the Great Australian Bight, South Australia, and on the Lord Howe Rise in the Australian EEZ. Elsewhere the species is known from New Zealand and the southern Louisville Ridge in the Southwest Pacific. The Redshoes Coffinfish has been collected from sandy to rubble substrates in depths of 720-1200 metres.

Features

Dorsal fin III, 11-12; Anal fin 6-7; Pectoral fin 12-13; Pevic fin I, 5; Gillrakers (first arch) 3-4 + 14 = 17-18, GR (2nd arch) 14-15; GR (3rd arch) 14-15; GR 4th arch 12. 

Illicial trough relatively small, slightly concave, width less than diameter of pupil; illicium relatively short, stout; esca with a small central tongue bearing many thin cirri; 1-3 pairs (usually one pair) of spinules on each side of the lateral-line neuromast complex; caudal peduncle thin and tapering.

Etymology

The specific name is from the Latin “mulleus” – a red shoe, in reference to the distinct deep–red ventral surface of the outer half of the pectoral and pelvic fins and the ventral surface of anal and caudal fins in fresh specimens.

Species Citation

Chaunax mulleus Ho, Roberts & Stewart 2013, Zootaxa 3620 (1): 95, Figs. 5A-C, 6A. Type locality: West Norfolk Ridge, New Zealand, 35°10.055'S, 169°29.125'E, 867-869 m.

Author

Bray, D.J. 2017

Redshoes Coffinfish, Chaunax mulleus Ho, Roberts & Stewart 2013

References


Ho, H.-C. 2015. 114 Family Chaunacidae (pp. 888-895). In: Roberts, C.D., Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. 2015. The Fishes of New Zealand. Wellington : Te Papa Press Vol. 3 pp. 577-1152.

Ho, H.-C., Roberts, C.D. & Stewart, A.L. 2013. A review of the anglerfish genus Chaunax (Lophiiformes: Chaunacidae) from New Zealand and adjacent waters, with descriptions of four new species. Zootaxa 3620 (1): 89-111. PDF available Open access

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Depth:720-1200 m

Habitat:Sandy to rubble areas

Max Size:184 cm TL

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