Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes
(Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Liparidae
Etymology: Psednos: Greek, psednos, -e, -on = rare (Ref. 45335); argyrogaster: Named for the silvery outer lining of the abdomen.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range ? - 1037 m (Ref. 92437). Deep-water
Southwest Pacific: Chatham Rise, east of New Zealand.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.4 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 92437)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 43;
Vertebrae: 56. This species is distinguished by the following characters: vertebrae 56 (12+44), dorsal fin rays 49, anal fin rays 43, caudal fin rays 6 (3/3), pectoral fin rays 15 (7+3+5), pyloric caeca 6; angle of mouth about 30°; teeth arranged in about 30 oblique rows forming a moderately wide band anteriorly; strong opercle curved posteroventrally, almost horizontal at its tip; no coronal pore, mandibular symphyseal pores moderately large, round, distant from each other by 4-5 pore diameters; abdomen relatively short and deep, distance from pectoral symphysis to abdomen end slightly shorter than or equal to head; peritoneum externally silvery when viewed at an angle, whitish black in direct side view, internally black (Ref. 92437).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Stein, D.L., 2012. A review of the snailfishes (Liparidae, Scorpaeniformes) of New Zealand, including descriptions of a new genus and sixteen new species. Zootaxa 3588:1-54. (Ref. 92437)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00457 (0.00211 - 0.00989), b=3.17 (2.98 - 3.36), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (11 of 100) .