Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Zaproridae
Etymology: silenus: Named after Silenus, a drunkard demigod who fell in a marsh on a revel and became covered with slime (Ref. 6885). More on author: Jordan.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; demersal; depth range 0 - 675 m (Ref. 50550), usually 0 - 500 m (Ref. 28981). Boreal; 0°C - 4°C (Ref. 56462); 66°N - 34°N
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm 57.0  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 88.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 2850); common length : 42.9 cm male/unsexed; (Ref. 56462); max. published weight: 7.0 kg (Ref. 56462); max. reported age: 9 years (Ref. 56462)
North Pacific: Hokkaido, Japan and western Kamchatka, Russia to Navarin Canyon in the Bering Sea, Attu Island in the Aleutian chain and San Miguel Island, California, USA.
Adults occur near bottom (Ref. 2850). Young to 7.2 cm are pelagic or bathypelagic, usually associated with jellyfish (Ref. 6885). Juveniles take shelter under the medusae and are often mistaken for medusafish Icichthys lockingtoni (Ref. 50276).
Eschmeyer, W.N., E.S. Herald and H. Hammann, 1983. A field guide to Pacific coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U.S.A. 336 p.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: subsistence fisheries
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (-0.22191 - 0.24436), b=2.98 (2.86 - 3.10), based on LWR estimates for this family-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.6 ±0.5 se; Based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (tm= 5.1; K= 0.18).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (54 of 100) .