Acanthoplesiops naka  Mooi & Gill, 2004

Tongan spiny basslet
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Plesiopidae (Roundheads) > Acanthoclininae
Etymology: Acanthoplesiops: Greek, akantha = thorn + Greek, plesios = near + Greek, ops = similar (Ref. 45335);  naka: Named for the first letters of the authors' childen's names, Nat, Nat, Aaron, Kelly, Adam..   More on author: Gill.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range 21 - 32 m (Ref. 75897).   Tropical

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 1.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75897)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 18; Dorsal soft rays (total): 4; Anal spines: 7; Anal soft rays: 4; Vertebrae: 27. This species is characterized by the following: D XVIII,4; anterior dorsal-fin pterygiophore formula ?/?/I+I/I/I/I/I/I/I//I/I/I/I; dentary pores 3; intertemporal pores 2, generally brownish head and body with darker pigment spots (from shrunken melanophores), except the pale stripe from the anterior half of the symphyseal flap to origin of dorsal fin continuous with a pale first dorsal spine, pectoral fin base with a pale spot, pale caudal peduncle continuous with pale bases of last 3 segmented dorsal- and anal-fin rays, the median fins slightly darker than body color with pale tips to their rays, first pelvic-fin ray dark on proximal 2/3 and pale on distal third, second pelvic-fin ray dark except for extreme distal tip; scales ctenoid; last dorsal- or anal-fin rays no membranous attachment to caudal fin (Ref. 75897).

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Eastern Central Pacific: Tonga.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Collected off a deep slope with a near vertical coral wall with a sandy channel at its base, followed by a steep drop-off (Ref. 75897). Eggs are guarded by the male parent (Ref. 205).

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Mooi, R.D. and A.C. Gill, 2004. Description of a new species of the fish genus Acanthoplesiops Regan (Teleostei: Plesiopidae: Acanthoclininae) from Tonga. Zootaxa 432:1-10. (Ref. 75897)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

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 = 0.5312   [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 for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  0.0   ±0.0 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .