Lophius brachysomus

Lophius brachysomus is an extinct species of anglerfish in the family Lophiidae. It was described by Louis Agassiz in 1835 from the Monte Bolca locality. It became extinct during the middle Eocene (lowermost Lutetian).[1]

Lophius brachysomus
Fossil of Lophius brachysomus, an extinct fish
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L. brachysomus
Binomial name
Lophius brachysomus
Agassiz, 1835
Synonyms
  • Eosladenia caucasica

Species known from three or four individuals. Habitat of this species described as place in a tropical or subtropical, moderately deep basin like a coastal lagoon in inner continental shelf regions of the central Tethys Sea, with reduced hydrodynamic energy and episodic anoxic conditions, with soft mud or sand bottoms, much like extant members of the family.

Together with Sharfia mirabilis this species is one of the oldest member of the family Lophiidae known to date.[2]

Type specimen deposited in the National Museum of Natural History (France).[3]

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