Branchiostegus japonicus  (Houttuyn, 1782)

Horsehead tilefish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Malacanthidae (Tilefishes) > Latilinae
Etymology: Branchiostegus: Greek, brangchia = gills + Greek, stego = roof, to cover (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 30 - 200 m (Ref. 8991).   Tropical; 40°N - 15°N

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?, range 21 - ? cm
Max length : 46.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 40637); common length : 35.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9137); max. published weight: 1.3 kg (Ref. 40637); max. reported age: 12 years (Ref. 5878)

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Western Pacific: Central Honshu to the South China Sea. Also reported as far south as the Arafura Sea (Ref. 9819).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in the sublittoral zone on sandy mud bottoms (Ref. 11230). Most common of Japanese tilefishes (Ref. 559).

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Dooley, J.K., 1978. Systematics and biology of the tilefishes (Perciformes: Branchiostegidae and Malacanthidae) with descriptions of two new species. NOAA Tech. Rep. NMFS Circ. No. 411:1-78. (Ref. 8991)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.4   ±0.45 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (K=0.18-0.36; tmax=12).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate vulnerability (35 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Very high.