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 reticulate 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 slender deep depression between the eyes.

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Netted Coffinfish, Chaunax reticulatus Ho, Roberts & Stewart 2013

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Recorded in Australia from off Gabo Island, Victoria and off St Helens, Tasmania. Elsewhere the species occurs on seamounts and oceanic ridges of northern New Zealand and the Norfolk Ridge south of New Caledonia. Known from depths of 360-950m in NZ and 160-220m in Australia.


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; gill rakers: lateral-line neuromasts: AB = 11-12 (modally 11); AC = 7-9 (8); BB' = 4-5 (4); BD = 2-3 (2); CD = 5-8 (6-7); EF = 3-4 (4); FG = 3-4 (3); GH = 11-13 (12); BI = 30-35.

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 metres. 


Bray, D.J. 2017

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.-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., 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. PDF available, open access

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CAAB Code:37211010

Depth:160-220 m (360-950 m in NZ)

Habitat:Sandy & rubble areaas

Max Size:19 cm SL

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