Common monkfish. Usually around 200 mm in total length. Has walking anal fins. Ocgocephalidae, probable genus either Dibranchus or Halieutichthys. The fundamental shape is that of Dibranchus, but I cannot see the details necessary in this low-res image. The close resemblance to Dibranchus would suggest this is the correct genus, if so the species found commonly in the Gulf of Guinea from 45-1300 m depth is Dibranchus atlanticus. One other species Dibranchus tremendous is found in the region but typically deeper than this survey (750-2300 m). The details necessary to resolve the species are not visible in the photograph.
|Classification:||Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Chordata (Chordates) > Class Actinopterygii (Ray finned Fish) > Lophiformes (Anglerfish) > Lophifiidae (Monkfish, goosefish, anglerfish)|
|Behaviour:||Swimming above seabed.|
|Site:||Atlantic > South Atlantic > Nigeria > Usan field|
Atlantic > Central Atlantic > Nigeria > Usan field
|Latitude:||3 deg 29' 00" N|
|Longitude:||7 deg 28' 00" E|
|Countries:||West Africa > Nigeria|
|Project Partners:||Total E&P Nigeria, Bourbon, Oceaneering|
|Deposited By:||Mr Rob Curry|
|Deposited On:||08 December 2009|
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