Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Lophiiformes  
 Family Ceratiidae  
 Genus Cryptopsaras  
  Cryptopsaras couesii  Gill, 1883 
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Synonyms:Ceratias carunculatusCeratias couesiiCeratias mitsukuriiCryptopsaras atlantidisCryptopsaras carunculatusCryptopsaras couesiCryptopsaras normaniCryptopsaras penniferCryptopsaras valdiviaeCryptosaras couesiCryptosarus couesi details
Citation: 何宣慶(2002)碩士論文;Fishbase(2003);Fish of Japan(Nakabo, 2002)
Character: Body of females relatively long and slender, mouth large, cleft strongly oblique, not extending past eye; lower jaws with well-developed symphysial spine; eye small; gill opening oval in shape, situated posterior to pectoral lobe; anterior end of pterygiophore if illicium exposed, emerging on head from between frontal bones just posterior to eye, escal bulb oval in shape, with a single slender appendage, divided into three branchus. Illicium long, considerably longer than length of escal bulb; two caruncles on dorsal midline of trunk just anterior to origin of soft-dorsal fin; subopercle without anterior spine; jaws equal anteriorly, cleft of mouth vertical to strongly oblique; postmawillary process well developed; sphenotic spines absent; opercle bicurcate; subopercle elongate; posterior end of pterygiophore of illicium emerging from dorsal midline just anterior to caruncles; caudal fin ray 8-9, the ninth or lowermost ray reduced to a small remnent, fourth innermost caudal fin rays bifurcated; esca without dermal denticles; skin covered with close-set dermal spines. 
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, eggs are presumably contained in floa 
Distribution: Widely distributed if tropical and subtropical parts of all oceans. It is rare in taiwan only recorded in southwest off Tungkang. 
Utility: No commercial value. 
Name Code: 381149
  IUCN Red List:LC      Marine     
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