Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Cheilodactylidae
Etymology: Nemadactylus: Greek, nema, -atos = filament + Greek, daktylos = finger (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 200 m (Ref. 89422), usually 10 - 100 m (Ref. 9563). Temperate; 27°S - 44°S
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 81.0 cm FL male/unsexed; (Ref. 89422); max. published weight: 4.0 kg (Ref. 26498)
Southwest Pacific: Australia, New Zealand and the Kermadec Islands.
Occurs on the continental shelf, commonly near reefs (Ref. 26998, 9563). Feed mainly on invertebrates (Ref. 26998). Marketed fresh and frozen; eaten steamed, pan-fried, broiled and baked (Ref. 9988). Seen in small aggregations but school in deep water where commercially trawled (Ref. 9002).
May, J.L. and J.G.H. Maxwell, 1986. Trawl fish from temperate waters of Australia. CSIRO Division of Fisheries Research, Tasmania. 492 p.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5078 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.5 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High to very high vulnerability (66 of 100) .