Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Stephanoberyciformes
(Pricklefishes, bigscales and gibberfishes) > Melamphaidae
(Bigscale fishes or ridgeheads)
Etymology: Poromitra: Greek, poros = porous + Greek, mitra = stripe, belt (Ref. 45335). More on author: Goode, Bean.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 400 - 1000 m (Ref. 51657), usually 800 - 1000 m (Ref. 6747). Deep-water; 50°N - 10°N
North Atlantic, Northwest Atlantic and central South Pacific.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 8 - 10.2 cm
Max length : 10.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4502)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Hard, sharp head spines. Scales on body and operculum intact (Ref. 37108).
Adults found mainly below 400 - 500 meters, to 800 - 1,000 meters; juveniles as shallow as 50 - 100 meters (Ref. 51657).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Maul, G.E., 1990. Melamphaidae. p. 612-618. 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. 2. (Ref. 4502)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 3.1 - 3.9, mean 3.4 (based on 5 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00388 - 0.02580), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (50 of 100) .