Chauliodus sloani, commonly known as the viperfish, is a deep-sea fish that can reach up to 30 cm in length. It has a long, slender body with a large head and large eyes. Its distinguishing features include a long, bioluminescent barbel on its chin and long, sharp teeth. It is found in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans at depths of up to 4,000 meters. Its lifespan is unknown, but it is believed to be short. Its current population is unknown, but it is believed to be stable.
Name Origin: Chauliodus sloani is a species of fish commonly known as the viperfish. It was first described by the Italian naturalist Giuseppe Saverio Poli in 1795. The genus name Chauliodus is derived from the Greek words chaulos, meaning "small," and odous, meaning "tooth," referring to the small teeth of the species. The species name sloani honors the British naturalist and explorer Sir Hans Sloane, who collected specimens of the species during his travels in the Caribbean.
Related Species: Chauliodus macouni, Chauliodus pammelas, Chauliodus plinii