Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Plesiopidae
(Roundheads) > Acanthoclininae
Etymology: Acanthoclinus: Greek, akantha = thorn + Greek, klinein, kline = sloping and bed, due to the four apophyses of sphenoid bone (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; demersal; non-migratory; depth range 0 - 80 m (Ref. 9003). Temperate
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.5 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9003)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 12 - 14;
soft rays: 3 - 4. Head and body uniformly brown with a darker blotch on the gill cover. Forehead with a pale stripe. Dorsal and anal fins with orange tips. Distinguished from other rockfishes by its small size, undivided lower lateral line and the single pair of pores on the chin.
Southwest Pacific: endemic to New Zealand.
Adults occur in the subtidal zone but may be found in rock pools at low tide (Ref. 9003). Eggs are guarded by the male parent (Ref. 205).
Paulin, C. and C. Roberts, 1992. The rockpool fishes of New Zealand (Te ika aaria o Aotearoa). Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa). 177 p.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5312 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00457 (0.00180 - 0.01163), b=3.10 (2.87 - 3.33), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±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 (23 of 100) .