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Oneirodes formosanus and Gigantactis cheni, Two new deep-sea anglerfishes from Taiwan

Oneirodes formosanus and Gigantactis cheni are two new deep-sea anglerfishes described from northeastern Taiwan. Caught at a depth of 400 to 600 m by commercial fishing boat using bottom trawlers. O. formosanus is about 3.6 inches and G. cheni is 15 inches in size. Both the species were caught in the year 1998 and 2001 respectively. Anglerfish are by far one of the spookiest deep-water fish known to mankind.

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A. Oneirodes formosanus, Preserved specimen. B. Gigantactis cheni, Fresh caught. (HO & SHAO)

Name Formosa, an old name of Taiwan meaning the beautiful island and Gigantactis cheni is named after Mr. Din-Moo Chen, a fisherman who collected the samples for the studies.

Deep-sea Anglerfish lives in the darkest part of the ocean. There are more than 200 species of anglerfish. They are dark in color and they have very large mouths filled with sharp teeth. At a depth of 500 m, there is almost or no light at all. These type of fish can run down chill in the spine. [ZooTaxa]

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