Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Icosteidae
Etymology: Icosteus: Greek, eikoo = to sag, to bend something that is soft + Greek, osteon = bone.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 0 - 1420 m (Ref. 50550), usually 18 - 732 m (Ref. 2850). Deep-water; 66°N - 32°N
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 213 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2850)
soft rays: 34 - 40. Pectorals rounded, pedunculate (Ref. 6885). Generally of a chocolate color (Ref. 6885). Young more robust, with an expanded and rounded caudal fin, 5 pelvic rays, and a brown and yellow irregularly blotched with faint purple color, dusky on fins (Ref. 6885).
North Pacific: Japan to southeastern Alaska and to Point Loma, southern California, USA.
Adults occur near bottom; juveniles in shallow water or offshore near the surface (Ref. 50277). Feeds on jellyfish (Ref. 50277), fishes and squids (Ref. 2850), as well as octopuses (Ref. 4525).
Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H. Hammann, 1983. A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U.S.A. 336 p.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.5 ±0.57 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (K=0.13; Fec=293,000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High to very high vulnerability (71 of 100) .