Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Ophidiiformes
(Cusk eels) > Ophidiidae
(Cusk-eels) > Neobythitinae
Etymology: Luciobrotula: Latin, lucius = pike + Latin, brotula, -ae = little, bud, shoot (Ref. 45335). More on author: Smith.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 250 - 1185 m (Ref. 56809). Deep-water
Indo-Pacific: Gulf of Aden and Natal, South Africa to the Philippines, Japan and Hawaii.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 45.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4103)
soft rays: 69 - 75;
Vertebrae: 53 - 55. This species is characterized by the following set of characters: a relatively long lateral line ending below dorsal fin rays 19-26; dorsal fin rays 87-94, anal fin rays 69-75, precaudal vertebrae 15-16, total vertebrae 53-55 and total number of rakers on anterior gill arch 15-17 (3 long and 12-14 plates); longest gill raker 2.2-2.7% SL and snout to end of lateral line 48.0-56% SL; interorbital pore 1 and occipital pores 4 (Ref. 83453).
Benthopelagic at bathyal depth (Ref. 56809). Benthic (Ref. 58302). Shallowest depth range at about 250 m (Ref. 95664). Rare species (Ref. 34024). Reproductive strategy possibly similar to other members of this family featuring oviparity, with oval pelagic eggs floating in a gelatinous mass (Ref. 205).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Nielsen, J.G., 2009. A revision of the bathyal genus Luciobrotula (Teleostei, Ophidiidae) with two new species. Galathea Report 22:141-156. (Ref. 83453)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 2.1 - 10.8, mean 7.9 (based on 460 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5156 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00407 (0.00158 - 0.01051), b=3.12 (2.89 - 3.35), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.6 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (39 of 100) .