Diceratias pileatus Uwate 1979

Other Names: a double anglerfish

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Diceratias pileatus Uwate 1979

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250 km NW of Port Hedland, Western Australia.


Dorsal rays (total): 5-7; Anal rays: 4. Features of metamorphosed female: esca relatively small, width about equal to length; escal papilla conspicuous bulbous posteriorly oriented terminal; posterior and anterior escal appendages absent; escal pore at posterobasal margin of terminal papilla; teeth in lower jaw 25-65, upper jaw with 27-82 teeth; vomerine teeth 4-14.


The spcific name is from the Latin pileatus meaning capped, in referrence to the terminal papilla of the esca.

Species Citation

Diceratias pileatus Uwate, 1979, Copeia 1979(1): 140, figs. 1-8. Type locality: Suriname, 7°37'N, 53°32'W, 722 m.


Bray, D.J. 2019


Australian Faunal Directory

Diceratias pileatus Uwate 1979


Pietsch, T.W. 1999. Families Caulophrynidae, Neoceratiidae, Melanocetidae, Himantolophidae, Diceratiidae, Oneirodidae, Thaumatichthyidae, Centrophrynidae, Ceratiidae, Gigantactinidae, Linophrynidae. pp. 2026-2037 in Carpenter, K.E. & Niem, V.H. (eds). The Living Marine Resources of the Western Central Pacific. FAO Species Identification Guide for Fisheries Purposes. Rome : FAO Vol. 3 pp. 1397-2068. 

Pietsch, T.W. 2009. Oceanic Anglerfishes. Extraordinary Diversity in the Deep Sea. Berkeley and Los Angeles : University of California Press pp. i-xii + 1-557.

Pietsch, T.W. & Randall, J.E. 1987. First Indo-Pacific occurrrence of the deepsea ceratoid anglerfish, Diceratias pileatus (Lophiiformes: Diceratiidae). Japanese Journal of Ichthyology 33(4): 419-421.

Uwate, K.R. 1979. Revision of the anglerfish Diceratiidae with descriptions of two new species. Copeia 1979(1): 129-144.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37214003

Biology:Females bioluminescent; males free-living

Habitat:Mesopelagic, bathypelagic

Max Size:28 cm

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