Overview

Comprehensive Description

Biology

A mesopelagic species (Ref. 7300, 75154).
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Distribution

Indo-Pacific: Mozambique Channel almost to 30°S, off Durban, South Africa and off Dampier, Western Australia.
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Indian Ocean.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 13 - 14; Analspines: 0; Analsoft rays: 14 - 15
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Size

Maximum size: 90 mm TL
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Max. size

9.0 cm TL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 3984))
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

bathypelagic; marine; depth range ? - 2260 m (Ref. 58018)
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Depth range based on 4 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 4 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 120 - 1419
  Temperature range (°C): 2.874 - 12.001
  Nitrate (umol/L): 15.870 - 44.236
  Salinity (PPS): 34.531 - 35.557
  Oxygen (ml/l): 0.142 - 4.796
  Phosphate (umol/l): 1.359 - 3.194
  Silicate (umol/l): 13.384 - 149.821

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 120 - 1419

Temperature range (°C): 2.874 - 12.001

Nitrate (umol/L): 15.870 - 44.236

Salinity (PPS): 34.531 - 35.557

Oxygen (ml/l): 0.142 - 4.796

Phosphate (umol/l): 1.359 - 3.194

Silicate (umol/l): 13.384 - 149.821
 
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Evolution and Systematics

Evolution

Classification

In family Melanostomiidae in Fishbase 96
  • Anon. (2000). FishBase 2000 [CD-ROM]. ICLARM: Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. 4 cd-roms pp.
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
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