Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Stichaeidae
(Pricklebacks) > Xiphisterinae
Etymology: Alectrias: Greek, alektros, -os, -on = single, married in illegal or unhappy marriage (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 100 m (Ref. 50550), usually ? - 50 m (Ref. 51666). Temperate
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 43239)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 59 - 66;
soft rays: 41 - 45;
Vertebrae: 64 - 70. Gray to nearly black to bright spotted with patterns; usually a wavy line extending along back, separating dark portion from lighter spots that continue onto dorsal fin (Ref. 43939). Caudal fin rounded.
Northwest Pacific: Commander Islands and southeastern Kamchatka to the Sea of Okhotsk and northern Sea of Japan. Northeast Pacific: Alaska.
Mainly intertidal, but may be found at depths as much as 100 m (Ref. 43939); typically found shallower than 50 meters (Ref. 51666). Often in bays with pebble-rock debris bottoms (Ref. 43939). Oviparous, eggs are guarded by the female parent (Ref. 58332).
Mecklenburg, C.W., T.A. Mecklenburg and L.K. Thorsteinson, 2002. Fishes of Alaska. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland. xxxvii +1037 p.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5312 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00540 (-0.22200 - 0.23281), b=3.08 (2.95 - 3.20), based on LWR estimates for this family-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.1 ±0.44 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (31 of 100) .