Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes
(Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Liparidae
Etymology: Prognatholiparis: Greek, pro = in front of + gnathos = jaw + Liparis, a genus of snailfishes, referring to the protruding jaw, which distinguishes this genus from all other liparid genera.; ptychomandibularis: Name from Greek 'ptychos' = fold + Latin 'mandibula' = jaw, referring to the skin folds on the snout and along the ventral margin of the mandible.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 455 - 455 m (Ref. 51661). Deep-water
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 57784)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 30;
Vertebrae: 41. This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: projecting lower jaw anterior to upper jaw; distinct flaps and folds of skin on snout, upper jaw, and ventral portion of mandible; large pelvic disc 37.4% HL; slender body; depth at pectoral fin base 20.5% SL, at anal-fin origin 19.0% SL; 2-6-8-1 pattern of cephalic lateralis pores, no coronal and post coronal pores; 2 epurals that are fused at the base; autogenous hypural plates; with pleural ribs; no pseudobranchiae; no subcutaneous layer; no pyloric caeca (Ref. 57784).
Northeast Pacific: Seguam Pass, east of Seguam Island.
Species typical of moderately deep waters. Holotype had ostracods and rocks found in its stomach (Ref. 57784). Minimum depth from Ref. 58018.
Orr, J.W. and M.S. Busby, 2001. Prognatholiparis ptychomandibularis, a new genus and species of the fish family Liparidae (Teleostei: Scorpaeniformes) from the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 114(1):51-57. (Ref. 57784)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
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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=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (15 of 100) .