Krøyer's deep sea angler fish

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Krøyer's deep sea angler fish
Северная церапия.jpg
Female with a parasitic male on the belly, preparation at the Zoological Museum of Saint Petersburg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Actinopterygii
Order: Lophiiformes
Family: Ceratiidae
Genus: Ceratias
Species: C. holboelli
Binomial name
Ceratias holboelli
Krøyer, 1845

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).[1] Females typically are 77 cm (2.53 ft) long, but can reach 120 cm (3.9 ft).[1] The much smaller males only reach 16 cm (0.52 ft) and they are parasitic, as they attach themselves to a female.[1]

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.[2]

Other common names include longray seadevil and northern seadevil.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Froese, Rainer and Pauly, Daniel, eds. (2014). "Ceratias holboelli" in FishBase. January 2014 version.
  2. ^ CLARKE, R., 1956. "Sperm whales of the Azores". Discovery Reports, 28: 237-298, pis I-II.
  3. ^ Munroe, T., et al. 2015. Ceratias holboelli. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 19 February 2016.

Further reading[edit]

  • 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