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Brosmolus longicaudus  Machida, 1993

Longtail cusk
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Ophidiiformes (Cusk eels) > Bythitidae (Viviparous brotulas) > Brosmophycinae
Etymology: Brosmolus: Diminutive of Greek, Brosme; brosomai, bibrosko = to eat up, to devour (Ref. 45335);  longicaudus: Named for its long tail (Ref. 10898).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated.   Tropical

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 10898); 9.7 cm SL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 124-129; Anal soft rays: 90 - 94; Vertebrae: 56 - 59. This species is distinguished by the following characters: anterior nostril low on snout; copulatory organ of males with a simple and flap-like, small pair of (outer) pseudoclaspers; large species (> 59 mm SL, as indicated from a pre-adult male), very slender (body depth at origin of anal fin 10.9-11.7 % SL); ventral fin base to anal fin origin 23.3-24.3 % SL); 14-15 precaudal vertebrae, 56-59 total vertebrae; D 124-129; A 90-94; 23-24 pectoral fin rays; 7 branchiostegal rays; V in D 2.4-2.5; scale patch on cheek only on head; scales on operculum absent; upper preopercular pore absent; separate opening for the first and second lower preopercular pore; elongated otolith, its length to height 2.1, sulcus straight and short, its otolith length to sulcus length 2.1, fused colliculi; maxilla slightly expanded posterio-ventrally; anterior anal fin pterygiophore is variable in length (Ref. 76869).

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Indo-West Pacific: Australia.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

A benthic species which occurs in inshore waters (Ref. 75154). Rare species (Ref. 34024).

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Schwarzhans, W. and P.R. Møller, 2007. Review of the Dinematichthyini (Teleostei: Bythitidae) of the Indo-west Pacific. Part III. Beaglichthys, Brosmolus, Monothrix and eight new genera with description of 20 new species. The Beagle, Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory 23:29-110.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Fisheries: of no interest
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 1.0000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=-2.41000 (nan - nan), 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 (19 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.