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Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Lophiiformes  
 Family Diceratiidae  
 Genus Bufoceratias  
  Bufoceratias thele  (Uwate, 1979) 
Provider: Hsuan-Ching Ho 
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Synonyms:Phrynichthys thelePhrynichthys wedli  details
1. Pietsch, T.W., H.-C. Ho and H.-M. Chen, 2004. Revision of the deep-sea anglerfish genus Bufoceratias Whitley (Lophiiformes: Ceratioidei: Diceratiidae), with description of a new species from the Indo-West Pacific Ocean. Copeia 2004(1):98-107
2. Pietsch, T. W., 2009. Oceanic Anglerfishes: Extraordinary Diversity in the Deep- sea. University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles. 557pp.
Character: Body of females short, globular; mouth large, cleft extending past eye; skin covered with tiny close-set dermal spinules; dark brown to black over entire surface of head, body; illicium very long, emerging from dorsal surface of head at rear of skull; second dorsal spine present sink beneath skin of head with age, but remaining connected to the surface through a small pore; anterior tip of pterygiophore of illicium concealed beneath skin; escal bulb small and simple esca without any appendage. Illicium length 120 %SL. 
Habitat: Marine. First dorsal spine of female highly modified into a long rod with a light organ in the tip call illicium and esca, the esca containing bacteria as luminous symbiont, its function in attracting prey. Oviparous, larvae habits in the upper, food-rich 
Distribution: Widely distributed in the Western Pacific from Japan to Indonicia. It is rare in Taiwan only recorded from the northeastern off Yilan. 
Utility: No commercial value. 
Name Code: 383300
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