Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Polymixiiformes
(Beardfishes) > Polymixiidae
Etymology: Polymixia: Greek, poly = a lot of + Greek, myxos = mucus (Ref. 45335). More on author: Günther.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 50 - 600 m (Ref. 5217), usually 150 - 600 m (Ref. 5217). Deep-water; 41°N - 4°N
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 20.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 7251); common length : 15.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5217)
Western Atlantic: Canada to New York, USA and northern Gulf of Mexico to the Antilles (Ref. 26340) and French Guiana.
Found on soft bottoms (Ref. 5217).
Robins, C.R. and G.C. Ray, 1986. A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U.S.A. 354 p.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5029 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00977 (0.00592 - 0.01612), b=3.10 (2.95 - 3.25), based on LWR estimates for species & Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.0 ±0.7 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming tmax>4).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (37 of 100) .