IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: anglerfish (English), goosefish (English), angler (English), pez perro (Espanol), ganso (Espanol), rape (Espanol)
Lophiodes caulinaris (Garman, 1899)

Spottedtail goosefish,   Pacific anglerfish,  White-spotted goosefish,  Spotted-tail angler

Head and front of body flattened, broad, body narrowing behind, head with bony prickles; ridge from top of eye to snout smooth; mouth large, with large sharp teeth; eyes in top of head; head and body with scattered skin flaps; dorsal spines and rays I + I + I + III / 8, 1st  spine with fishing pole with  complex  "lure" (bearing pennant-like flap, long cirri, and, usually, dark, stalked, eye-like appendages; anal rays 8; pectoral fins limb-like, 18-19 (16-21); gill opening large, behind and extending in front of pectoral base.

Mottled brown; outer half of pectoral fins blackish with narrow white margin; caudal fin dusky dark brown to blackish with vertical row of white spots across middle of fin.

Size: reaches about 40 cm.

Habitat: sandy and muddy bottoms.

Depth range 15-380 m; frequently captured by trawlers.

Southern California to the Gulf of California to Peru, and Cocos and Malpelo.


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