Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Lophiiformes
(Anglerfishes) > Ogcocephalidae
Etymology: Dibranchus: Greek, di = two + Greek, brangchia = gills (Ref. 45335). More on author: Garman.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 366 - 2324 m (Ref. 58018), usually 528 - 1439 m (Ref. 40826). Deep-water; 0°C -
Eastern Pacific: off Mexico and Central and South America, from the mouth of Gulf of Mexico to off the southern tip of Peru.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 14.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 40826)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 4;
Vertebrae: 18 - 20. Entire body covered with simple, very small, and thickly distributed tubercles Cephalic lateral-line counts: subopercular usually 6, (5-7); preopercular, 3 (1-4). Tail lateral-line counts 9-15. Subopercular spines small, inconspicuous. Paired fins with tubercles covering pedicels and occurring along both dorsal and ventral surfaces of fin rays. Slender fins relatively week (Ref. 40826).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Bradbury, M.G., 1999. A review of the fish genus Dibranchus with descriptions of new species and a new genus, Solocisquama (Lophiiformes, Ogcocephalidae). Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 51(5):259-310. (Ref. 40826)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 2.8 - 6.9, mean 4.1 °C (based on 159 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01995 (0.00766 - 0.05194), b=2.96 (2.74 - 3.18), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.6 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (39 of 100) .