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Species: Chaunax stigmaeus, Redeye Gaper

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cavity of lure dark, strongly concave
lure: stalk tan + black ring, threads black at front, white behind
pectoral 11-14

Chaunax stigmaeus Fowler, 1946

Redeye Gaper

Body rounded, slightly compressed, tapering to a small, rounded tail; head large, globular, cuboid; eyes high on side of head, covered with a clear skin window; mouth large, strongly oblique to ~vertical; teeth small, slender, sharp; gill opening small; dorsal fin in 2 parts: 1st is a single spine modified as an angling lure in a scaleless, oval depression on snout, lure is a short stalk with a dense cluster of short threads like a short mop,2nd & 3rd spines not externally visible, snout cavity strongly concave; soft dorsal on rear of body, 10-12; anal fin 0, 7 (6-7); pectorals behind mid-body, 11-14; skin very loose, flaccid, covered with minute spine-like denticles, those fine and densely packed; single open lateral line from base of tail fin to head, there with prominent canals, & connections to branches under eye, to chin along lower side of body to over pectorals, main part on upper body with 29-42 pores, continues with 11 (10-13) on head.

Head & body dull olive brown, speckled with numerous small dark olive marks; back and sides with red blotches; underside of head and body with bright red and pink areas; area around mouth red; iris red; dorsal, tail and pectoral fins with red membranes and small dark olive marks anal fin red; snout cavity for lure dark brown or black; stalk of lure tan, with a black ring at top, thread cluster with black front & white rear.

Reaches 28 cm

On soft and hard bottoms

Depth range 90-658 m

NE USA to Cuba

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  • Marine
  • Marine Only
  • Offshore
  • Offshore Only
Water Column Position
  • Bottom
  • Bottom only
  • Mud
  • Reef (rock/coral/oyster)
  • Reef and soft bottom
  • Reef associated (reef + edges-water column & soft bottom)
FishBase Habitat
  • Reef Associated
Feeding Group
  • Carnivore
  • Data
  • Data
  • Mobile benthic crustacea (shrimps/crabs)
Egg Type
  • Data
  • Pelagic
  • Pelagic larva
Global Endemism
  • All species
  • Greater Caribbean non-endemic
  • West Atlantic Endemic
Regional Endemism
  • Caribbean endemic
  • Continent + Island (s)
  • Extends North of GC
  • GC non-endemic
  • Insular primarily
  • All species
  • Resident
Climate Zone
  • Subtropical (23-35N, Florida / Carolinas / Bermuda)
  • Temperate (>35N)
  • Tropical (10-23N, Nicaragua / Cuba)
IUCN Red List
  • Data deficient
  • Listed
  • Not listed
Length Max
  • 28
Depth Range Min
  • 90
Depth Range Max
  • 658