Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Blenniidae
(Combtooth blennies) > Blenniinae
Etymology: Xiphasia: Greek, xiphos = sword (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 4960 m (Ref. 40919). Deep-water; 32°N - 35°S, 18°E - 169°W
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 30.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1602)
Indo-Pacific: Red Sea to Samoa and Ellice Islands, north to Japan, south to Lord Howe Island; Mariana Islands in Micronesia. Southeast Atlantic: False Bay, South Africa (Ref. 4404).
Inhabits deep waters but rises to the surface at night. Rare species (Ref. 559). Lives in a tube in fine sand or mud and rises to the surface at night where it falls prey to pelagic fishes (Ref. 37816). Oviparous (Ref. 205). Eggs are demersal and adhesive (Ref. 205).
Myers, R.F., 1991. Micronesian reef fishes. Second Ed. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 298 p.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Threat to humans
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00102 (-0.17398 - 0.17602), b=3.06 (2.97 - 3.15), based on all LWR estimates for this BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.0 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming tm=1-4 and Fec=100-1000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (45 of 100) .