Drepane punctata  (Linnaeus, 1758)

Spotted sicklefish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Drepaneidae (Sicklefishes)
Etymology: Drepane: Greek, drepane = sickle (Ref. 45335).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; brackish; reef-associated; amphidromous (Ref. 51243); depth range 10 - 49 m.   Subtropical; 32°N - 22°S

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?, range 25 - ? cm
Max length : 50.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9710); common length : 25.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3283)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 8 - 10; Dorsal soft rays (total): 20-22; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 17 - 19. Color generally silvery with greenish tinge above. Pectoral fins long and pointed. Similar to D. longimana but differs in having 4 - 11 vertical gray spots on the upper half of the sides, and generally 8 dorsal spines (against none (spots) and generally 9 spines in D. longimana).

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions | Faunafri

Indo-West Pacific: temperate and tropical waters from India to northern Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia, Philippines, Taiwan and Japan.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Occurs in various inshore habitats: sand or mud bottoms, reefs, estuaries and harbors (Ref. 9800). Found near coral and rock reefs at temperatures ranging from 26° to 29°C. Feeds on invertebrates and benthic fishes (Ref. 5213). Generally marketed fresh (Ref. 5284).

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Maugé, L.A., 1984. Drepanidae. In W. Fischer and G. Bianchi (eds.) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean fishing area 51. Vol. 2.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Fisheries: commercial; aquarium: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.7500   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01950 (0.01060 - 0.03586), b=3.12 (2.95 - 3.29), based on LWR estimates for species & Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.3   ±0.42 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (K=0.19-0.68).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate vulnerability (42 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.