Mead's Whipnose, Gigantactis meadi Bertelsen, Pietsch & Lavenberg 1981

Other Names: Mead's Whipnose Angler

Mead's Whipnose, Gigantactis meadi. Source: Australian National Fish Collection, CSIRO. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial

A uniform black whipnose angler with a relatively short illicium, a cluster of white filaments at the illicial base, short filaments along the entire rear margin of the illicium, and the esca with the distal elongation twice as long as wide and constricted at the base.

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Mead's Whipnose, Gigantactis meadi Bertelsen, Pietsch & Lavenberg 1981

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South of Tasmania. Elsewhere the species is southern circumglobal around the Subtropical Convergence.


Dorsal fin 6-7; Anal fin 5-6; Pectoral fin 17-18. 
Illicium relatively short, length <120% SL (72-96% SL), with short filaments along entire posterior margin and a cluster of white filaments on snout just behind illicial base; escal bulb with an elongate spinulose, black distal prolongation bearing distally flattened papillae, and short distal and slender proximal escal filaments; dentary teeth relatively long (longest 2.9-3.8% SL) in 5-6 longitudinal rows; caudal fin-rays short (<30% SL).

Species Citation

Gigantactis meadi Bertelsen, Pietsch & Lavenberg 1981, Contrib. Sci. 332: [33, figs. 4B, 18, 20, 23, 32-33. Type locality: Southwestern Indian Ocean, 0 to 350 m. [34°14'S, 64°56'E]. 


Bray, D.J. 2017


Australian Faunal Directory

Mead's Whipnose, Gigantactis meadi Bertelsen, Pietsch & Lavenberg 1981


Anderson, M.E. & Leslie, R.W. 2001. Review of the deep-sea anglerfishes (Lophiiformes: Ceratioidei) of southern Africa. Ichthyological Bulletin of the J.L.B. Smith Institute, Grahamstown 70: 1-32 

Bertelsen, E., Pietsch, T.W. & Lavenberg, R.J. 1981. Ceratioid anglerfishes of the family Gigantactinidae: morphology, systematics and distribution. Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History Contributions in Science 332: 1-74 figs 1-69 

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. 

Stewart, A.L. & Pietsch, T.W. 1998. The ceratioid anglerfishes (Lophiiformes: Ceratioidei) of New Zealand. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 28(1): 1-37

Stewart, A.L. & Pietsch, T.W. 2015. T116 Family Caulophrynidae (pp. 903-904), 117 Family Melanocetidae (pp. 905-907), 119 Family Diceratiidae (pp. 916-917), 120 Family Oneirodidae (pp. 918-927), 121 Family Ceratiidae (pp. 928-931), 122 Family Gigantactinidae (pp. 932-936), 123 Family Linophrynidae (pp. 937-939). In: Roberts, C.D., Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. The Fishes of New Zealand. Wellington : Te Papa Press Vol. 3 pp. 577-1152.

Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37217006

Biology:Bioluminescent (females)

Biology:Males free-living

Depth:1183-2000 m

Habitat:Mesopelagic, bathypelagic

Max Size:35 cm SL (females)

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