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Chaunax suttkusi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Lophiiformes
Family: Chaunacidae
Genus: Chaunax
R. T. Lowe, 1846
Type species
Chaunax pictus
R. T. Lowe, 1846

Chaunax is a genus of bony fish in the sea toad family Chaunacidae.[1] They are found in tropical and subtropical oceans around the world and most species are found a depths between 180 and 1,100 m (590 and 3,610 ft), but C. endeavouri occurs as shallow as 50 m (160 ft) and C. fimbriatus as deep as 1,985 m (6,512 ft).[2][3] Depending on the exact species involved, they reach a total length of 11–40 cm (4.3–15.7 in).


There are currently 25 recognized species in this genus:


  1. ^ Richards, W.J. (2005). Early Stages of Atlantic Fishes: An Identification Guide for the Western Central North Atlantic, Two Volume Set. CRC Press. p. 1312. ISBN 978-0-8493-1916-7. 
  2. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2016). "Chaunax endeavouri" in FishBase. January 2016 version.
  3. ^ Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2016). "Chaunax fimbriatus" in FishBase. January 2016 version.
  4. ^ a b 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.
  5. ^ a b c Ho, H.-C., Kawai, T. & Satria, F. (2015): Species of the anglerfish genus Chaunax from Indonesia, with descriptions of two new species (Lophiiformes: Chaunacidae). Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, 63: 301–308.
  6. ^ a b c Ho, H.-C. & Ma, W.-C. (2016): Revision of southern African species of the anglerfish genus Chaunax (Lophiiformes: Chaunacidae), with descriptions of three new species. Zootaxa, 4144 (2): 175–194.
  7. ^ a b c d 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.
  8. ^ Ho, H.-C., Meleppura, R.K. & Bineesh, K.K. (2016): Chaunax multilepis sp. nov., a new species of Chaunax (Lophiiformes: Chaunacidae) from the northern Indian Ocean. Zootaxa, 4103 (2): 130-136.