Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes
(Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Cyclopteridae
Etymology: Aptocyclus: Greek, aptos, -e, -on = visible, tangible + Greek, kyklos = circle (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 0 - 1700 m (Ref. 50550). Temperate; 66°N -
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 41.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 56527); max. published weight: 2.3 kg (Ref. 56527)
soft rays: 7 - 9. Brownish gray with dark spots dorsally, muddy gray ventrally. Caudal fin rounded; pectoral fins large and broadly based; pelvic fins modified to form a clinging disc with a thickened margin on the ventral surface of the body (Ref. 6885). Skin naked without scales and tubercles. First dorsal fin completely embedded under the skin. Disk rudimentary in young, well developed in adults (Ref. 43939).
North Pacific: Pusan, Korea north (outside the Sea of Okhotsk) to Providence Bay in the Anadyr Gulf of the Bering Sea, throughout the Aleutian Basin and islands, and southeast to Mathieson Channel, British Columbia, Canada.
Males are said to guard the eggs (Ref. 6885). Migrate to spawn in littoral waters of Bering Sea in December-June (Ref. 43939).
Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H. Hammann, 1983. A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U.S.A. 336 p.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.0 ±0.3 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (53 of 100) .