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).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Mecklenburg, C.W., T.A. Mecklenburg and L.K. Thorsteinson, 2002. Fishes of Alaska. American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, Maryland. xxxvii +1037 p. (Ref. 43939)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5156 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), based on all LWR estimates (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) .