Animalia > Chordata > Actinopterygii > Lophiiformes > Lophiidae > Lophius > Lophius piscatorius

Lophius piscatorius (Monkfish; Monk; Anglerfish; Angler; Angler fish)

Synonyms: Batrachus eurypterus; Batrachus piscator; Batrachus piscatorius; Lophius eurypterus
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Wikipedia Abstract

Lophius piscatorius, commonly known as the angler, is a monkfish in the family Lophiidae. It is found in coastal waters of the northeast Atlantic, from the Barents Sea to the Strait of Gibraltar, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Within some of its range, including the Irish Sea, this species comprises a significant commercial fishery.
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Adult Weight [1]  69.964 lbs (31.735 kg)
Female Maturity [2]  4 years 6 months
Male Maturity [1]  4 years 6 months
Maximum Longevity [2]  24 years

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Eastern Atlantic: south-western Barents Sea to Strait of Gibraltar including the Mediterranean and Black Sea. Reported from Iceland (Ref. 4712) and Mauritania (Ref. 5377). North Atlantic specimens attain larger sizes than those collected off West Africa and they also occur in shallower depths.;

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1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2Frimpong, E.A., and P. L. Angermeier. 2009. FishTraits: a database of ecological and life-history traits of freshwater fishes of the United States. Fisheries 34:487-495.
3Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
4"The diet and trophic ecology of anglerfish Lophius piscatorius at the Shetland Islands, UK", C.H. Laurenson and I.G. Priede, Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom / Volume 85 / Issue 02 / April 2005, pp 419-424
5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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