Red Coffinfish, Chaunacops coloratus (Garman 1899)

Possibly Chaunacops coloratus photographed by an ROV on an unnamed seamount approx 50 miles west of Wake Island, Central Pacific, depth round 2,240 m

A Red Coffinfish, Chaunacops coloratus, from off southern Queensland, June 2017, depth 2500 m. Source: John Pogonoski / Australlian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A deep red coffinfish with a red shaggy lure - collected off southern Queensland. 
Fabulous footage of Chaunacops coloratus filmed by an ROV (remote operated vehicle) on Davidson Seamount— an extinct volcano off the coast of Central California, USA.
Video of Chaunacops coloratus filmed on the Barracuda Bank southeast of the British Virgin Islands, October 2013.

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Bray, D.J. 2018, Chaunacops coloratus in Fishes of Australia, accessed 21 May 2018,

Red Coffinfish, Chaunacops coloratus (Garman 1899)

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Collected from off southern Queensland, depth 2500 m. Elsewhere the species is widespread in the Pacific Ocean: from the eastern Indian Ocean to the Marianas, Hawaii, and the eastern Pacific.


A species of Chaunacops with the following characteristics: buccal cavity not black, dusky in young becoming pale with age; tail moderately long, appressed anal-fin rays reaching or nearly reaching posterior end of hypural plate.


DNA sequences of tissue samples taken from Australian specimen confirmed the identification as Chaunacops coloratus.

Species Citation

Chaunax coloratus Garman 1899, Mem. Mus. Comp. Zool. 24: 83, Pls. C, 16, 17, 73 (figs. 1-2). Type locality: Pacific over Cocos Ridge, 5°43'N, 85°50'W, Albatross station 3363, depth 978 fathoms.


Bray, D.J. 2018

Red Coffinfish, Chaunacops coloratus (Garman 1899)


Barbour, T. 1941. Notes on pediculate fishes. Proc. New Eng. Zool. Club 19: 7-14.

Caruso, J.H. 1989. Systematics and distribution of the Atlantic chaunacid anglerfishes (Pisces: Lophiiformes). Copeia 1989: 153-165. (as Bathychaunax coloratus)

Caruso, J.H., Ho, H.-C. & Pietsch, T.W. 2006. Chaunacops Garman, 1899, a senior objective synonym of Bathychaunax Caruso, 1989 (Lophiiformes: Chaunacoidei: Chaunacidae). Copeia 2006(1): 120-121.

Garman, S. 1899. Reports on an exploration off the west coasts of Mexico, Central and South America, and off the Galapagos Islands in charge of Alexander Agassiz, by the U.S. Fish Commission Steamer "Albatross" during 1891, Lieut. Commander Z. L. Tanner, U.S.N., Commanding. 26. The Fishes. Memoirs of the Museum of  Comparative Zoology 24: 1-431 (as Chauanx coloratus). See ref at BHL

Ho, H.-C. & McGrouther, M. 2015. A new anglerfish from eastern Australia and New Caledonia (Lophiiformes: Chaunacidae: Chaunacops), with new data and submersible observation of Chaunacops melanostomusJournal of Fish Biology 86(3): 940-951. Abstract

Lindberg, G.U., Fedorov, V.V.  & Krasyukova, Z.V. 1997. Fishes of the Sea of Japan and the adjacent parts of the Sea of Okhotsk and Yellow Sea. Part 7. Teleostomi. Actinopterygii. Osteichthyes. XXXII. Dactylopteriformes -- XXXVII. Pegasiformes. (CCII. Fam Dactylopteridae -- CCXIX. Fam. Pegasidae). Handbook on the Identification of Animals, Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy 168: 1-350. [In Russian.]

Lundsten L, Johnson SB, Cailliet GM, DeVogelaere AP, Clague DA (2012) Morphological, molecular, and in situ behavioral observations of the rare deep-sea anglerfish Chaunacops coloratus (Garman 1899), order Lophiiformes, in the eastern North Pacific. Deep-Sea Research I 68: 46–53 Abstract

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Depth:1250-2500 m

Habitat:Reef associated, bathydemersal

Max Size:19 cm SL

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