Triplewart seadevil, Cryptopsaras couesii. From plate 119 of Oceanic Ichthyology by G. Brown Goode and Tarleton H. Bean, published 1896.
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TRIPLEWART SEADEVIL FACTS
The Triplewart Seadevil has a huge head compared with body. The mouth is upturned and the eye is small. It has a small pectoral fin and three club-like warty lumps on its back in front of the dorsal fin. It lures prey with a rod (illicium) projecting from its head terminating in a small rounded lure (esca). The tiny male becomes parasitic on the female.
females grow to 44cm. Males grow to 8cm
found in open ocean from the surface down to 4000m.
lures prey with its rod and lure
Females are oviparous,. Larvae are small like plankton. Eggs are thought to be contained in floating gelatinous rafts.
The Triplewart Seadevil is found in marine waters of the three major oceans except in polar regions. In Australia, has been found off New South Wales, Tasmania and Western Australia.
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