IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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  Common names: anglerfish (English), goosefish (English), rape (Espanol)
Lophiodes spilurus (Garman, 1899)

Threadfin goosefish,     Threadfin anglerfish

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; body and fins covered with tiny ciiri; dorsal spines and rays I + I + I + III / 8; 1st  spine with a simple bulb-like  "lure", 2nd  and 3rd  spines with row of small papilla along front edge;  anal rays 6; pectoral fins limb-like, 16-17 (15-18); gill opening large, behind and extending in front of pectoral base; skin very thin and loose.

Uniform dark to brown; all fins with clear outer edges; 2nd  and 3rd  dorsal spines black; tail fin frequently with small clear spots; lining of gut cavity dark.

Size: to about 35.4 cm.

Habitat: sandy and muddy bottoms.

Depth: 80-475 m.

Southern California to the lower Gulf of California to Chile; the Galapagos and Cocos.


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