Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Ammodytidae
Etymology: Lepidammodytes: Greek, lepis = scale + Greek, ammos = sand + Greek, dytes = that likes to dive (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range ? - 200 m (Ref. 39393). Tropical; 22°N - 20°N, 158°W - 154°W (Ref. 57363)
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 15.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 39393)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 48 - 51;
soft rays: 23 - 24;
Vertebrae: 62 - 63. Preserved body color, uniformly yellow with no marks on body and fin. Small pelvic fin 3-4% of SL; segmented rays. Scales on upper edge of opercle absent. Large eyes, 5-6% SL; 1/4 of HL. Lachrymal large, 5.3-5.6% SL;1/4 of HL (Ref. 39393).
Eastern Central Pacific: Hawaii.
Benthopelagic (Ref. 58302). Minimum depth reported taken from Ref. 57178.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Ida, H., P. Sirimontaporn and S. Monkolprasit, 1994. Comparative morphology of the fishes of the Family Ammodytidae, with a description of two new genera and two new species. Zool. Stud. 33(4):251-277. (Ref. 39393)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00324 (0.00139 - 0.00756), b=3.11 (2.91 - 3.31), based on LWR estimates for this Family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.1 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (27 of 100) .