Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Ophidiiformes
(Cusk eels) > Aphyonidae
(Blind cusk eels)
Etymology: Aphyonus: Greek, aphyes = sardine + Greek, onos = hake. More on author: Günther.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 900 - 2562 m (Ref. 58018). Deep-water
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 15.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 7408)
Eastern Atlantic: one specimen from Azores (Ref. 7408) and from south of Canary Islands. Southwest Pacific: Known in Australia only from the type locality, off Cape York, Queensland (Ref. 7300). Western Indian Ocean: off Natal, South Africa (Ref. 6611). Few specimens from tropical parts of all oceans.
Uncommon species (Ref. 34024). Found on or near bottom (Ref. 6527). Viviparous (Ref. 7408).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Nielsen, J.G., D.M. Cohen, D.F. Markle and C.R. Robins, 1999. Ophidiiform fishes of the world (Order Ophidiiformes). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of pearlfishes, cusk-eels, brotulas and other ophidiiform fishes known to date. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(18):178p. Rome: FAO. (Ref. 34024)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .