Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Syngnathiformes
(Pipefishes and seahorses) > Centriscidae
(Snipefishes and shrimpfishes) > Macroramphosinae
Etymology: Centriscops: Greek, kentris, -idos = sting + Greek, ops = appearance (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 35 - 1000 m (Ref. 9563), usually 400 - 750 m (Ref. 9563). Deep-water; - 55°S (Ref. 57469)
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 30.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 57469)
Circumglobal in southern temperate waters. Southeast Atlantic: South Africa, from Cape Columbine to False Bay; also reported from Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island (Ref. 11228). Southwest Atlantic: Argentina. Southwest Pacific: Australia and New Zealand (Ref. 5755).
Occur on the continental shelf and slope (Ref. 9563; 7300). Feed on benthic invertebrates (Ref. 11228).
May, J.L. and J.G.H. Maxwell, 1986. Trawl fish from temperate waters of Australia. CSIRO Division of Fisheries Research, Tasmania. 492 p.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0002 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00446 (-0.18088 - 0.18979), b=3.07999 (2.97421 - 3.18577), based on LWR estimates for this family-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.6 ±0.53 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (44 of 100) .