Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Beryciformes
(Sawbellies) > Diretmidae
Etymology: Diretmus: Greek, di = two + Greek, eretmos = oar (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 0 - 2000 m (Ref. 9927), usually 500 - 700 m (Ref. 6744). Deep-water; 65°N - 40°S
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 27.6 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5951); common length : 9.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 6536)
Circumglobal: In tropical to temperate waters. Eastern Atlantic: Iceland and British Isles to South Africa including Canary Islands and Ascension Island (Ref. 6744). Northwest Atlantic: Canada (Ref. 5951). Not recorded from the Mediterranean (Ref. 6744).
Juveniles are found from near surface to about 250 m to more than 1,000 m (Ref. 6536). Largest adults may be benthopelagic (Ref. 9851). Adults are plankton-eaters like the other members of the family (Ref. 6744). Oviparous, with planktonic larvae (Ref. 36622).
Paxton, J.R., D.F. Hoese, G.R. Allen and J.E. Hanley, 1989. Pisces. Petromyzontidae to Carangidae. Zoological Catalogue of Australia, Vol. 7. Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, 665 p. (Ref. 7300)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of potential interest
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01995 (0.00906 - 0.04395), b=3.01 (2.83 - 3.19), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.45 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (18 of 100) .