Psychrolutes macrocephalus

Psychrolutes macrocephalus


A "blobfish" was observed living near asphalt mounds on the Angolan margin. Also note the Anthomastus sp. soft coral attached to the mound. Observations from the SERPENT paper:

Item Type:Image
Title:Psychrolutes macrocephalus
Creator(s):Gates, A.
Date:22 June 2009
Classification:Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Chordata (Chordates) > Class Actinopterygii (Ray finned Fish) > Scorpaeniformes (Scorpion fish & sculpins) > Psychrolutidae (Sculpins, blobfishes), Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Cnidaria (Cnidarians) > Anthozoa (Sea Anemones & Corals) > Alcyonacea (Soft Corals) > Alcyoniidae
Species:Psychrolutes sp., Anthomastus sp.
Behaviour:Psychrolutes is likely an ambush predator. It is often seen in association with a structure on the seabed.
Site:Atlantic > South Atlantic > Angola - Block 31
Site Description:Seafloor
Depth (m):1350-2150 m
Countries:West Africa > Angola
Substratum:Asphalt mounds
Rig:M.V. Sea Trident
Project Partners:BP, Oceaneering
ROV:Millennium 076
Keywords:blobfish anthomastus
Deposited By:Dr Andrew Gates
Deposited On:04 March 2016

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