Netted Coffinfish, Chaunax reticulatus Ho, Roberts & Stewart 2013

Other Names: Netted Frogmouth

A Netted frogmouth, Chaunax reticulatus, from the Tasman Sea off Australia, CSIRO H355-01, 175 mm SL. Source: Ho, Hsuan-Ching / FishBase. License: All rights reserved

A coffinfish with a pale reticulated pattern on a greyish background in juveniles, and fine brownish spots on the dorsal surface in adults - in preservative. The live coloration is unknown. The relatively long, slender illicium bears a small lure with many thin cirri, and retracts into a deep slender depression between the eyes.

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Netted Coffinfish, Chaunax reticulatus Ho, Roberts & Stewart 2013

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Recorded in Australia from SSE off Gabo Island, Victoria, and off St Helens, Tasmania; also on the Norfolk Ridge in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species occurs in New Caledonia, Vanuatu and New Zealand. Inhabits seamounts and oceanic ridges, mostly on the continental slope at depths to 950m.


Dorsal fin II,0-I,12; Anal fin 6-7; Pectoral fin 14; Pelvic fin I,5; Gill rakers (first arch) 12-13. 
Characterised by having cirri present above the eye and none on the lower part of maxilla; 4-6 pairs of stout spinules bridging each neuromast; relatively long and slender illicium; elongate illicial trough, longer than wide; numerous thin brownish cirri on esca.


The specific name is from the Latin reticulatus (= net-like) in reference to the net-like colour pattern of the body.

Species Citation

Chaunax reticulatus Ho, Roberts & Stewart 2013, Zootaxa 3620 (1): 102, Figs. 10A-C. Type locality: Northern Three Kings Ridge, New Zealand, 28°35.7'S, 172°55.65'E, 360-398 m. 


Bray, D.J. 2022


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Netted Coffinfish, Chaunax reticulatus Ho, Roberts & Stewart 2013


Ho, H.-C. 2015. 114 Family Chaunacidae (pp. 888-895). In: Roberts, C.D., Stewart, A.L. & Struthers, C.D. 2015. The Fishes of New Zealand. Wellington : Te Papa Press Vol. 3 pp. 577-1152. 

Ho, H. 2020. Chaunax reticulatus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T139928998A140322601. Downloaded on 09 December 2020.

Ho, H.-C. & Last, P.R. 2013. Two new species of the coffinfish genus Chaunax (Lophiiformes: Chaunacidae) from the Indian Ocean. Zootaxa 3710 (5): 436-448.

Ho, H.-C. & Ma, W.-C. 2016. Revision of southern African species of the anglerfish genus Chaunax (Lophiiformes: Chaunacidae), with description of three new species. Zootaxa 4144(2): 175-194.

Ho, H.-C., Roberts, C.D. & Stewart, A.L. 2013. A review of the anglerfish genus Chaunax (Lophiiformes: Chaunacidae) from New Zealand and adjacent waters, with descriptions of four new species. Zootaxa 3620(1): 89-111.

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CAAB Code:37211010

Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:160-950 m

Habitat:Sandy & rubble areaas

Max Size:19 cm SL

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