Krøyer's deep sea angler fish
|Krøyer's deep sea angler fish|
|Female with a parasitic male on the belly, preparation at the Zoological Museum of Saint Petersburg|
Krøyer's deep sea angler fish (Ceratias holboelli) is a species of fish in the family Ceratiidae, the sea devils. This deep-sea anglerfish is found in all oceans, at depths of 0 to 4,400 m (0 to 14,436 ft), but mainly between 400 and 2,000 m (1,300 and 6,600 ft). Females typically are 77 cm (2.53 ft) long, but can reach 120 cm (3.9 ft). The much smaller males only reach 16 cm (0.52 ft) and they are parasitic, as they attach themselves to a female.
The species' scientific epithet commemorates Carl Peter Holbøll, a Danish civil servant and early explorer of the fauna of Greenland. Several specimens have been found in the stomachs of sperm whales caught in the Azores and in the Antarctic.
Other common names include longray seadevil and northern seadevil.
- Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2014). "Ceratias holboelli" in FishBase. January 2014 version.
- CLARKE, R., 1956. "Sperm whales of the Azores". Discovery Reports, 28: 237-298, pis I-II.
- Munroe, T., et al. 2015. Ceratias holboelli. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 19 February 2016.
- Tony Ayling & Geoffrey Cox, Collins Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand, (William Collins Publishers Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand 1982) ISBN 0-00-216987-8
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