Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Ophidiiformes
(Cusk eels) > Bythitidae
(Viviparous brotulas) > Brosmophycinae
Etymology: Brosmodorsalis: Greek, brosomai, bibrosko = to eat up, to devour + Latin, dorsus = back, on the back (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 17 m (Ref. 9003). Temperate
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9003)
soft rays: 35 - 41. Head and body peach-like orange pink, slightly paler ventrally. Adult males with a distinctive whitish streak along the belly. Distinguished from other brotulas by the dorsal fin which begins forward of the gill cover and has the first rays free of membrane.
Southwest Pacific: endemic to New Zealand.
Uncommon to locally abundant cryptic species found in areas with dense algal growth (Ref. 34024). Sometimes in rock pools (Ref. 9003).
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.
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
= 1.0000 [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 BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Assuming Fec < 100).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .