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Grammicolepis brachiusculus  Poey, 1873

Thorny tinselfish
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Zeiformes (Dories) > Grammicolepididae (Grammicolepidids) > Grammicolepidinae
Etymology: Grammicolepis: Greek, grammikos = geometrically + Greek, lepis = scale (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Poey.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 300 - 1026 m (Ref. 4517), usually 500 - 700 m (Ref. 52595).   Deep-water; 42°N - 37°S, 80°W - 154°W

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 64.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4255)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 6 - 7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 32-34; Anal spines: 2; Anal soft rays: 33 - 35. Body silvery in color; young with irregular black blotches on body, black spots on caudal fin, and 5 black bars on anal fin (Ref. 4255). Gill rakers rudimentary.

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

Eastern Atlantic: Spain to the Gulf of Guinea and southward to Durban, South Africa. Western Atlantic: Georges Bank to off Suriname. North Pacific: Japan and Hawaii.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in deep midwater or near bottom (Ref. 6749); benthopelagic (Ref. 52595). Caught by bottom trawl, bottom lines and drift gill net (Ref. 87951).

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Heemstra, Phillip C. | Collaborators

Karrer, C., 1990. Grammicolepididae. p. 634-636. In J.C. Quero, J.C. Hureau, C. Karrer, A. Post and L. Saldanha (eds.) Check-list of the fishes of the eastern tropical Atlantic (CLOFETA). JNICT, Lisbon; SEI, Paris; and UNESCO, Paris. Vol. 2. (Ref. 4503)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: of no interest
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 1.1250   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02042 (0.00784 - 0.05315), b=2.99 (2.76 - 3.22), based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  4.3   ±0.7 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Assuming tmax > 10).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate to high vulnerability (48 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.