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  Triplewart Seadevil (Cryptopsaras couesii)





Triplewart Seadevil | Cryptopsaras couesii photo
Triplewart seadevil, Cryptopsaras couesii. From plate 119 of Oceanic Ichthyology by G. Brown Goode and Tarleton H. Bean, published 1896.

Image by G. Brown Goode and Tarleton H. Bean - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)



TRIPLEWART SEADEVIL FACTS

Description
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.

Size
females grow to 44cm. Males grow to 8cm

Habitat
found in open ocean from the surface down to 4000m.

Food
lures prey with its rod and lure

Breeding
Females are oviparous,. Larvae are small like plankton. Eggs are thought to be contained in floating gelatinous rafts.

Range
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.



Classification
Class:Actinopterygii
Order:Lophiiformes
Family:Ceratiidae
Genus:Cryptopsaras
Species:couesii
Common Name:Triplewart Seadevil