Triplewart Seadevil, Cryptopsaras couesii Gill 1883

Other Names: Coves' Horned Anglerfish

A female Triplewart Seadevil, Cryptopsaras couesii. Source: Edith Widder / EOL. License: CC BY Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike

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Triplewart Seadevil, Cryptopsaras couesii Gill 1883

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Coral Sea off Queensland and off New South Wales, to the Great Australian Bight, South Australia, including around Tasmania to the South Tasman Rise; also the Lord Howe Rise and Norfolk Ridge in the Tasman Sea. Elsewhere the species is circumglobal, mostly at temperate latitudes.


Female Triplewart Seadevils have bacterial bioluminscence, with luminous bacteria in the lure or esca producing the light.

Species Citation

Cryptopsaras couesii Gill 1883, Forest and Streams Nov. 8: 284. Type locality: off Long Island, New York, USA, 1686 fathoms, [39°18'N, 68°24'W].


Bray, D.J. 2018


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Triplewart Seadevil, Cryptopsaras couesii Gill 1883


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Pietsch, T.W. 2008. Ceratiidae. pp. 385-386 in Gomon, M.F., Bray, D.J. & Kuiter, R.H. (eds). Fishes of Australia's Southern Coast. Sydney : Reed New Holland 928 pp. 

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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37220001

Biology:Bioluminescent (females); parasitic males

Depth:75-4000 m

Habitat:Mesopelagic, bathypelagic

Max Size:36 cm

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