Classification of Ceratias holboelli

All classifications are based solely on females.

Kingdom: Animalia
Members of this kingdom are multicellular, motile, and heterotrophic. Animals lack a cell well, which distinguishes them from plants, algae, and fungi.

: Chordata
Members of this phylum are deuterostomes and possess a notochord, dorsal nerve chord, and a post-anal tail for at least some period of their life cycle.

Class: Actinopterygii
The Actinopterygii is a class of bony fishes. Members of this class are considered ray-finned fishes because they possess fins. Their fins are webs of skin supported by bony or horny spines.

Order: Lophiformes
Holds all anglerfish, so aptly named for their primary method of predation of using a lure-like appendage to attract prey                            
Family: Ceratiidae
Primarily composed of anglerfish that dwell in the deep-sea, more than 1000 meters below the surface.

: Ceratias
Ceratias is derived from the Greek keras or keratos, meaning “horn” or “horned” in reference to the luring illicium protruding from the snout with an dorsal or upward facing mouth. Members possess two or three fleshy caruncles, bioluminescent glands associated with the anterior most rays of the dorsal fin.

Species: Ceratias holboelli
In 1845, Captain-Lieutenant Carl Peter Holboll (1795-1856) found an unidentified organism in the deep waters off Greenland. Holboll delivered the specimen to Henrik Nikolai Krøyer, a Danish ichthyologist and craniologist who later described the specimen as Ceratias holboelli (Pietsch).

Common Name:
The C. holboelli was described by the Danish ichthyologist and craniologist Henrik Nikolai Krøyer and obtained the common name Krøyer’s Deep Sea Anglerfish.

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