Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Nototheniidae
Etymology: Dissostichus: Greek, disso = twice, one or other + Greek, stix, stichos =line, row (Ref. 45335). More on author: Norman.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; pelagic-oceanic; depth range 0 - 2200 m (Ref. 90824), usually 88 - 1600 m (Ref. 5179). Polar; 45°S - 78°S, 180°W - 180°E
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm 133.2  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 200 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 90825); common length : 127 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 90825); max. published weight: 80.0 kg (Ref. 5179); max. reported age: 39 years (Ref. 88081)
Southern Ocean: circumpolar coastal Antarctic broadly to the Convergence (Ref. 11892). Endemic to the seas around Antarctica (Ref. 5179).
Larval pelagic phase is long (Ref. 89402).
Dewitt, H.H., P.C. Heemstra and O. Gon, 1990. Nototheniidae. p. 279-331. In O. Gon and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Fishes of the Southern Ocean. J.L.B. Smith Institute of Ichthyology, Grahamstown, South Africa. (Ref. 5179)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00724 (0.00422 - 0.01245), b=3.14 (2.99 - 3.29), based on LWR estimates for species & Family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.9 ±0.59 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (K=0.056; Fec=400,000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Very high vulnerability (81 of 100) .