Himantolophus compressus

Author: Osorio, I912

Himantolophus compressus Osorio, I912

Status in World Register of Marine Species:
Accepted name: Himantolophus compressus (Osório, 1912) (updated 2009-06-25)

Diagnosis (females): Illicium 75% SL; posterior escal appendage absent; details of escal morphology unknown, specimen lost.

Habitat, Food, Reproduction: see suborder.

Distribution: single specimen off southern Portugal, lost in fire of the Museo Bocage, Lissabon, 1978.

Eggs, larvae and young stages. No data.
Otoliths (sagitta). No data.

Note. The only known specimen of H. compressus is lost and the details of its escal morphology are unknown; however, the unique combination of a long illicium (75% SL) and the lack of a posterior escal appendage justifies retention of the species until additional data are available.