Lophichthys boschmai

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Lophichthys boschmai
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Lophiiformes
Family: Lophichthyidae
Boeseman, 1964
Genus: Lophichthys
Boeseman, 1964
Species: L. boschmai
Binomial name
Lophichthys boschmai
Boeseman, 1964

Lophichthys boschmai, is a species of anglerfish, closely related to the frogfishes. It is the only member of its family, the Lophichthyidae.

Like the frogfishes, it is a small fish, no more than 5 cm (2.0 in) in length, with loose skin and a lure (esca) for attracting prey. The pectoral fins are prehensile, helping the fish move along the sea bed. Unlike true frogfishes, however, it does not have an enlarged and globose head. It lives in shallow waters off the coast of New Guinea.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Froese, Rainer, and Daniel Pauly, eds. (2008). "Lophichthyidae" in FishBase. December 2008 version.