Celebes Monkfish, Sladenia remiger Smith & Radcliffe 1912

A Celebes Monkfish, Sladenia remiger, filmed by an ROV off Indonesia, July 2010. Source: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, INDEX-SATAL 2010. License: Public Domain


A large pale greyish goosefish with a relatively deep body, two dorsal-fin spines on the snout, and a single dorsal-fin spine embedded in a loose fold of skin behind the head.

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Celebes Monkfish, Sladenia remiger Smith & Radcliffe 1912

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Off North West Cape to the Exmouth Plateau, Western Australia, and the Coral Sea, Queensland, to the St. Helens seamount area, south of Tasmania. Elsewhere the species occurs the west-central Pacific, including the Celebes and off Hawaii.


Dorsal fin III, 9; Anal fin 7; Pectoral fin 19; Pelvic fin I, 5; Caudal fin 8 (outer 2 rays unbranched); Vertebrae 19.;

Head short (~27%SL); snout long (~75% HL); head spines well developed, frontal spines greatly enlarged.

Species Citation

Sladenia remiger Smith & Radcliffe in Radcliffe 1912, Proc. U. S. Natl Mus. 2(1896): 199, Pl. 16 (fig. 1). Type locality: Gulf of Tomini, Sulawesi, Indonesia, Albatross station D.5605, depth 647 fathoms [0°21'33"N, 121°34'10"E].


Bray, D.J. 2020


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Celebes Monkfish, Sladenia remiger Smith & Radcliffe 1912


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CAAB Code:37208504

Depth:780-1540 m

Habitat:Benthic, continental slope

Max Size:40 cm TL

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