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Bathygadus melanobranchus  Vaillant, 1888

Vaillant's grenadier
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Gadiformes (Cods) > Macrouridae (Grenadiers or rattails) > Bathygadinae
Etymology: Bathygadus: Greek, bathys = deep + Latin, gadus = a fish; cod? (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Vaillant.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; bathydemersal; non-migratory; depth range 400 - 2600 m (Ref. 3587), usually 700 - 1400 m (Ref. 3587).   Deep-water; 53°N - 34°S, 98°W - 20°E

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 50.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 6187)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

This species does not have light organs. The head is large; eyes are large, about equal in diameter to the interorbital space. The snout is blunt with the lower jaw slightly projecting. The body tapers quite abruptly from behind the pectoral fin. Body color is light brown. The fin membranes, branchiostegal membrane, gill chamber and body cavity color is black. Also Ref. 2800.

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Atlantic Ocean: Eastern Atlantic: Ireland to South Africa. Western Atlantic: Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, off Suriname (Ref. 3587). Often confused with Bathygadus favosus Goode & Bean, 1886.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Feeds on mysids, pelagic copepods, chaetognaths and small shrimps (Ref. 3587). Minimum depth reported from Ref. 1371.

Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Iwamoto, Tomio | Collaborators

Cohen, D.M., T. Inada, T. Iwamoto and N. Scialabba, 1990. FAO species catalogue. Vol. 10. Gadiform fishes of the world (Order Gadiformes). An annotated and illustrated catalogue of cods, hakes, grenadiers and other gadiform fishes known to date. FAO Fish. Synop. 125(10). Rome: FAO. 442 p.

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




Human uses

Fisheries: of no interest
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5001   [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 BS (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.3   ±0.42 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate to high vulnerability (55 of 100) .