Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Ophidiiformes
(Cusk eels) > Ophidiidae
(Cusk-eels) > Ophidiinae
Etymology: Genypterus: Greek, geny, -yos = face, jaw + Greek, pteron, = wing, fin (Ref. 45335). More on author: Klunzinger.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; brackish; demersal; depth range 0 - 60 m (Ref. 33847). Subtropical; 32°S - 44°S, 114°E - 151°E (Ref. 34024)
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 120 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 34024)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Southwest Pacific: southern Australia and New Zealand.
Uncommon and benthic species in rocky habitat (Ref. 34024). Restricted to estuaries, shallow bays and coastal reefs (Ref. 33847). Found on the continental shelf and slope (Ref. 75154). Juveniles are found in seagrass beds in estuaries while adults inhabit caves and rocky recesses (Ref. 33847). Oviparous, with oval pelagic eggs floating in a gelatinous mass (Ref. 205). Important as a recreational fish (Ref. 33839). Minimum depth reported taken from Ref. 57178.
Nielsen, J.G., D.M. Cohen, D.F. Markle and C.R. Robins, 1999. Ophidiiform fishes of the world (Order Ophidiiformes). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of pearlfishes, cusk-eels, brotulas and other ophidiiform fishes known to date. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(18):178p. Rome: FAO.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5156 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00796 (-0.23920 - 0.25513), b=2.93160 (2.80255 - 3.06064), based on LWR estimates for this family-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.2 ±0.8 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High to very high vulnerability (72 of 100) .