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Alepocephalus tenebrosus  Gilbert, 1892

California slickhead
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Osmeriformes (Smelts) > Alepocephalidae (Slickheads)
Etymology: Alepocephalus: Greek, alepos, alepidotos = without scales + Greek, kephale = head (Ref. 45335);  tenebrosus: tenebrosus meaning dark or gloomy, coming from the great depths where not even shadows occur..   More on author: Gilbert.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 46 - 5500 m (Ref. 4525).   Deep-water

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 61.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2850)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15-18; Anal spines: 0; Anal soft rays: 15 - 18; Vertebrae: 51 - 55. Branchiostegal rays: 6-7.

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North Pacific: Bering Sea to at least California, USA. Southeast Pacific: Chile (Ref. 35724).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found near or on bottoms (Ref. 2850). Feed on small crustaceans. Regarded as inferior food because of its soft, fleshy texture (Ref. 4525). Oviparous, with mesopelagic and bathypelagic larvae (Ref. 35724).

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Oviparous (Ref. 35724).

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Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H. Hammann, 1983. A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U.S.A. 336 p. (Ref. 2850)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00724 (0.00302 - 0.01739), b=3.06 (2.85 - 3.27), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)Family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.5   ±0.50 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (K=0.30).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate vulnerability (43 of 100) .