Overview

Distribution

Eastern Atlantic: 24°N 20°W (near Mauritania). Western Atlantic: USA to Cuba.
  • Gibbs, R.H. and M.A. Barnett 1990 Melanostomiidae. p. 308-337. In J.C. Quero, J.C. Hureau, C. Karrer, A. Post and L. Saldanha (eds.) Check-list of the fishes of the eastern tropical Atlantic (CLOFETA). JNICT, Lisbon; SEI, Paris; and UNESCO, Paris. Vol. 1. (Ref. 4468)
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Atlantic.
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Physical Description

Morphology

Dorsal soft rays (total): 13; Analsoft rays: 17
  • McEachran, J.D. and J.D. Fechhelm 1998 Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico. Volume 1: Myxiniformes to Gasterosteiformes. University of Texas Press, Austin. 1112p. (Ref. 37039)
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Size

Maximum size: 238 mm SL
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Max. size

15.3 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 37473))
  • Bigelow, H.B., D.M. Cohen, M.M. Dick, R.H. Gibbs Jr., M. Grey, J.E. Morrow Jr., L.P. Schultz and V. Walters 1964 Fishes of the western North Atlantic. Part four. New Haven, Sears Found. Mar. Res., Yale Univ. (Ref. 37473)
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Diagnostic Description

Body moderately elongate and slender, short, blunt, non protrusible snout. Chin barbel expanded and pigmented distal section. Black in color, barbel lightly to darkly pigmented (Ref. 37039).
  • McEachran, J.D. and J.D. Fechhelm 1998 Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico. Volume 1: Myxiniformes to Gasterosteiformes. University of Texas Press, Austin. 1112p. (Ref. 37039)
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Ecology

Habitat

Environment

bathypelagic; marine
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Depth range based on 41 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 27 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 73 - 2000
  Temperature range (°C): 3.719 - 24.932
  Nitrate (umol/L): 0.935 - 34.243
  Salinity (PPS): 34.582 - 36.601
  Oxygen (ml/l): 1.409 - 5.783
  Phosphate (umol/l): 0.058 - 2.345
  Silicate (umol/l): 0.892 - 30.787

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 73 - 2000

Temperature range (°C): 3.719 - 24.932

Nitrate (umol/L): 0.935 - 34.243

Salinity (PPS): 34.582 - 36.601

Oxygen (ml/l): 1.409 - 5.783

Phosphate (umol/l): 0.058 - 2.345

Silicate (umol/l): 0.892 - 30.787
 
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Conservation

Threats

Not Evaluated
  • IUCN 2006 2006 IUCN red list of threatened species. www.iucnredlist.org. Downloaded July 2006.
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