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Overview

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Biology

Bathypelagic (Ref. 58426). Found over sand and clay bottoms. Gregarious. Feeds mostly ctenophores, but also crustaceans, echinoderms and polychaetes (Ref. 4460).
  • Markle, D.F. and Y.I. Sazanov 1990 Alepocephalidae. p. 246-264. 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. 4460)
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Distribution

Davis Strait south to Honduras
  • North-West Atlantic Ocean species (NWARMS)
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Eastern Atlantic: Iceland and Greenland, west of British Isles, Morocco south to Mauritania. Western Atlantic: Davis Strait south to Honduras.
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Atlantic.
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Physical Description

Size

Maximum size: 790 mm SL
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Max. size

79.0 cm SL (male/unsexed; (Ref. 4460))
  • Markle, D.F. and Y.I. Sazanov 1990 Alepocephalidae. p. 246-264. 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. 4460)
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Ecology

Habitat

benthic
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Found over sand and clay bottoms, at depths of 600 - 2500m.
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Environment

bathydemersal; marine; depth range 600 - 2500 m (Ref. 4460)
  • Markle, D.F. and Y.I. Sazanov 1990 Alepocephalidae. p. 246-264. 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. 4460)
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Depth range based on 61 specimens in 1 taxon.
Water temperature and chemistry ranges based on 50 samples.

Environmental ranges
  Depth range (m): 912 - 3033
  Temperature range (°C): 2.878 - 4.840
  Nitrate (umol/L): 16.220 - 25.045
  Salinity (PPS): 34.876 - 35.076
  Oxygen (ml/l): 4.312 - 6.724
  Phosphate (umol/l): 1.083 - 1.683
  Silicate (umol/l): 10.236 - 27.878

Graphical representation

Depth range (m): 912 - 3033

Temperature range (°C): 2.878 - 4.840

Nitrate (umol/L): 16.220 - 25.045

Salinity (PPS): 34.876 - 35.076

Oxygen (ml/l): 4.312 - 6.724

Phosphate (umol/l): 1.083 - 1.683

Silicate (umol/l): 10.236 - 27.878
 
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Depth: 600 - 2500m.
From 600 to 2500 meters.

Habitat: bathydemersal. Found over sand and clay bottoms. Gregarious. Feeds mostly ctenophores, but also crustaceans, echinoderms and polychaetes.
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Trophic Strategy

Found over sand and clay bottoms. Gregarious. Feeds mostly ctenophores, but also crustaceans, echinoderms and polychaetes.
  • Markle, D.F. and Y.I. Sazanov 1990 Alepocephalidae. p. 246-264. 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. 4460)
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Life History and Behavior

Behavior

Diet

Feeds mostly ctenophores, but also crustaceans, echinoderms and polychaetes
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Molecular Biology and Genetics

Molecular Biology

Barcode data: Alepocephalus agassizii

The following is a representative barcode sequence, the centroid of all available sequences for this species.


No available public DNA sequences.

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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Alepocephalus agassizii

Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLDS) Stats
Public Records: 3
Specimens with Barcodes: 10
Species With Barcodes: 1
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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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Relevance to Humans and Ecosystems

Benefits

Importance

fisheries: of potential interest
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