Family Thaumatichthyidae - Wolftrap anglers (Ref. 7463), Wolftrap Seadevils (Ref. 86949)
No. in FishBase
Genera : 2 | Species : 8 Eschmeyer's Catalog of Fishes
Fresh : No | Brackish : No | Marine : Yes
  First Fossil Record
Distribution: Atlantic and Pacific. Resembles Oneirodidae but with the upper jaw jutting far past the lower jaw and upper arm of operculum with 2 or more branches. (Ref. 7463) Distinguishing character: Compared to other anglerfishes, the jaw bones do not join anteriorly on the midline but remain widely separated, joined only by a broad elastic membrane. With very long premaxillary teeth that are rather hooked distally. Notably having toothlike denticles (bony elements) relating to the esca. Odd opercular bone (seen by removing the loose overlying skin) with the dorsal part divided into two or several branches. Fin ray counts include 14 - 20 pectoral-fin rays and 9 (2 simple + 4 bifurcated + 3 simple) caudal-fin rays. Female size variation between genera range from 15.7 cm to 36.5 cm (the largest specimen from each genera). Largest larvae length recorded at 2.25 cm and free-living males at 3.6 cm. (Ref. 86949)
Greek, 'thauma' = wonder or marvel + Greek, 'ichthys' = fish (common name being "wonderfishes") ( Ref. 86949).
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  Deep Fin Classification
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Species/Synonymy list for the family Thaumatichthyidae as currently in FishBase

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The list ordered as follows:

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Scientifc name Status Senior/Junior synonym Combination CofF
Thaumatichthys pagidostomus Smith & Radcliffe, 1912
Thaumatichthys axeli (Bruun, 1953)
Lasiognathus beebei Regan & Trewavas, 1932
Lasiognathus waltoni Nolan & Rosenblatt, 1975
Lasiognathus intermedius Bertelsen & Pietsch, 1996
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