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Alionematichthys riukiuensis  (Aoyagi, 1954)

Bigeye cusk
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Ophidiiformes (Cusk eels) > Bythitidae (Viviparous brotulas) > Brosmophycinae
Etymology: Alionematichthys: Name from Latin alius meaning the other or different, and nematichthys, the stem of the genus name Dinematichthys, to which this genus is most similar..

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 10 m (Ref. 90102).   Tropical

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Western Pacific: Ryukyu Islands, Fiji and eastern Australia. More recently reported from Ouvéa Atoll, Loyalty Islands (Ref. 13236).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 13278)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 77-92; Anal soft rays: 59 - 72; Vertebrae: 41 - 44. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D 77-92; A 59-72; moderately large eyes (2.5-3.0% SL); moderately slender, massive body, snout with many cirri; cheeks with scales and a large scale patch on opercular spine(6-17), with large specimens having a few scales below opercular spine; with upper preopercular pore; outer pseudoclasper broad-based, not very large, not extending beyond hood in resting position; the inner pseudoclasper is not much smaller than the outer one, equal anterior and posterior lobes, anterior lobe broadly connected to anterior rim of outer pseudoclasper; slender otolith, its length to height 2.2-2.4, with gently curved dorsal rim; otolith length to sulcus length 1.6-1.7, ostium length to caudal length 3.5-4.0; vertebrae 11-12 + 30-32 = 41-44 (Ref. 81230).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Uncommon species (Ref. 34024), inhabiting coral reefs (Ref. 13278). Cryptic, solitary inhabitant of shallow water (<10 m) (Ref 90102).

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Nielsen, J.G., D.M. Cohen, D.F. Markle and C.R. Robins, 1999. Ophidiiform fishes of the world (Order Ophidiiformes). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of pearlfishes, cusk-eels, brotulas and other ophidiiform fishes known to date. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(18):178p. Rome: FAO. (Ref. 34024)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

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 = 0.5005   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00447 (0.00175 - 0.01142), b=3.10 (2.88 - 3.32), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.2   ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Assuming Fec < 100).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (15 of 100) .