Red Coffinfish, Chaunacops sp

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

This deep red coffinfish with its red shaggy lure was collected off southern Queensland. Although very similar to Chaunacopos coloratus (which occurs elsewhere in the Pacific Ocean), further research will determine if it is an undescribed species.

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. 2017, Chaunacops sp in Fishes of Australia, accessed 18 Feb 2018,

Red Coffinfish, Chaunacops sp

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Collected from off southern Queensland, depth 2500 m. 


Bray, D.J. 2017

Red Coffinfish, Chaunacops sp


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Depth:2500 m

Habitat:Reef associated, bathydemersal

Max Size:19 cm SL

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