Genus Chaunacops


A genus of tadpole-like coffinfishes with four species, two of which occur in Australian waters: Chaunacops melanostomus and C. spinosus.

Chaunacops differs from the genus Chaunax in having a broader head, relatively widely-spaced spines covering the body, fewer lateral line pores, and a longer illicium. There are also a number of skeletal differences.

Author: Bray, D.J. 2017

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Bray, D.J. 2017, Chaunacops in Fishes of Australia, accessed 03 Dec 2023,


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