Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Caristiidae
Etymology: Neocaristius: From the Greek neo, meaning "new", and Caristius, a genus masculine in gender (Ref. 87954); heemstrai: Named for Phil Heemstra.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 420 - 1360 m (Ref. 57777). Deep-water; 31°S - 43°S, 175°W - 169°E
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 57777)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 22;
Vertebrae: 33. Diagnosis: Vomer with teeth; teeth on upper-jaw symphysis 2-3 rows; gill rakers has on their inner edge a solitary row of soft needle-like spinules; orbit diameter slightly larger than caudal peduncle depth; apex of mouth approximately at the horizontal of the lower edge of the orbit; dorsal fin base behind the vertical of the posterior edge of the orbit (Ref. 57777).
Southern Hemisphere: South Africa, off Durban and Discovery Seamount, off Tasmania and off New Zealand. Specimens were all collected from the southern hemisphere, from the southern Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa as well as from the South Pacific off the coasts of Tasmania and New Zealand. The holotype was collected in the South Atlantic (Trunov et al., 2006) (Ref. 87954).
Area of collection attributed to notal and adjacent subantarctic waters (Ref. 57777).
Trunov, I.A., E.I. Kukuev and N.V. Parin, 2006. Materials for the revision of the family Caristiidae (Perciformes): 1. Description of Paracaristius heemstrai gen. et sp. nov. J. Ichthyol. 46(6):441-446. (Ref. 57777)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0020 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .