Blacklure Anglerfish, Lophiodes miacanthus (Gilbert 1905)

Illustration of holotype of Lophiodes miacanthus, USNM 51627. Source: Fig. 273, in Gilbert (1905) Bulletin of the U. S. Fish Commission 23(2): 577-713/ Biodiversity Heritage Library. License: CC by Attribution

A deep brown goosefish with many irregular black patches, a dark pectoral fin (dorsally) with a pale margin, a deep brown illicium, second and third dorsal-fin spines, and a transparent esca. The underside is brownish-grey with a black peritoneum.

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Blacklure Anglerfish, Lophiodes miacanthus (Gilbert 1905)

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Muirfield Seamount, Cocos (Keeling) Islands territory. Elsewhere the species is widespread in the East-Indo-west-central Pacific: North Sumatra, Indonesia, to northeastern Taiwan, the Kyushu-Palau Ridge south of Japan, the Southern Emperor Seamounts, the Hawaiian Ridge and Islands, the Wallis and Futuna Islands and New Caledonia.


The specific name miacanthus is from the Greek meion (= less, smaller, fewer) and akantha (= thorn, prickle, spine), in reference to the fewer and smaller spines of the post-cephalic portion of the spinous dorsal fin.

Species Citation

Lophiomus miacanthus Gilbert 1905, Bulletin of the U. S. Fish Commission 23(2): 69, Fig. 273. Type locality: Off northwestern coast of Oahu Island, Hawaiian Islands, Albatross station 4117, depth 253-282 fathoms.


Bray, D.J. 2022


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Blacklure Anglerfish, Lophiodes miacanthus (Gilbert 1905)


Gilbert, C.H. 1905. II. The deep-sea fishes of the Hawaiian Islands. In: The aquatic resources of the Hawaiian Islands. Bulletin of the U. S. Fish Commission 23(2): 577-713, Pls. 66-101. See ref at BHL

Caruso, J.H. 1981. The systematics and distribution of the lophiid anglerfishes: I. A revision of the genus Lophiodes with the description of two new species. Copeia 1981(3): 522-549

Ho, H.-C., Kawai, T., Wudianto & Satria, F. 2016. Records of anglerfishes (Actinopterygii: Lophiiformes: Lophiidae) from Indonesia. Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria 46(2): 77-85.

Ho, H.-C. & Shao, K.-T. 2007. Taxonomic review of Lophiidae (Pisces: Lophiiformes) in Taiwan. Journal of the National Taiwan Museum 60(1): 19-32.  

Ho, H.-C. & Shao, K.-T. 2008. A new species of anglerfish (Lophiidae: Lophiodes) from the western Pacific. Ichthyological Research 55: 367-373

Ho, H.-C., Seret, B. & Shao, K.-T. 2011. Records of anglerfishes (Lophiiformes: Lophiidae) from the western South Pacific Ocean, with descriptions of two new species. Journal of Fish Biology 79(7): 1722-1745.

Ho, H. 2020. Lophiodes miacanthus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T135438435A136910133. Accessed on 16 November 2022.

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Conservation:IUCN Least Concern

Depth:110-960 m

Habitat:Ridges, rises, seamounts

Max Size:15 cm SL

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