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Meganthias filiferus  Randall & Heemstra, 2008

Filamentous anthiine
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Serranidae (Sea basses: groupers and fairy basslets) > Anthiinae
Etymology: Meganthias: Name from Greek 'megas' for large and 'anthias' for Mediterranean fish, refers to the size of the 2 species, larger than species of Odontanthias which do not exceed 20.4 cm SL.;  filiferus: Name from the Latin 'filum' for thread or filament and suffix '-fer' meaning to bear, referring to the very long dorsal= and caudal-fin filaments..   More on author: Randall.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range ? - 150 m (Ref. 84847).   Tropical, preferred ?

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Indian Ocean: Thailand (Andaman Sea) (Ref. 84847) and SW coast of India (Arabian Sea (Ref. 86260).

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 29.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 84847)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 18; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 8. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D X,18; A III,8; pectoral rays 17; lateral-line scales 44; gill rakers 12 + 25; body depth 2.05 in SL; head length 2.5 in SL; orbit diameter 4.5 in HL; with accessory scales, dense on head and nape; scales dorsally on snout extending forward to upper lip; small scales cover mandible; rugose lips from dense papillae, enlarged on front of lower lip; maxilla nearly reaching a vertical at rear edge of eye, its posterior end and corners slightly rounded; each side at front of upper jaw with 6 short and stout conical teeth, projecting slightly upward and fully exposed when mouth closed (along with most of the villiform teeth); no teeth on tongue; preopercle corner strongly angular, no spine, upper margin finely serrate, while the lower one is crenulate; dorsal spines progressively longer, the tenth 3.2 in HL; second and third dorsal soft rays prolonged as a very long filament, ray length 1.5 in SL; lunate caudal fin with extremely long filamentous lobes, fin length 1.1 in SL; third anal spine longer than second, 2.95 in HL; preserved color in alcohol pale yellowish with black edges on the last 6 interspinous membranes of dorsal fin, when fresh, pink and yellow (Ref. 84847).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Randall, J.E. and P.C. Heemstra, 2008. Meganthias filiferus, a new species of anthine fish (Perciformes: Serranidae), from the Andaman Sea off southwestern Thailand. Phuket Marine Biological Center Res. Bull., 68: 5-9. (Ref. 84847)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)

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 = 0.5625   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02512 (0.00982 - 0.06422), b=2.97 (2.75 - 3.19), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.6   ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate vulnerability (40 of 100) .