Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cetomimiformes
(Whalefishes) > Rondeletiidae
Etymology: Rondeletia: Guillaume Rondeleti, French naturalist, 1507-1560, teacher in Montpellier, he drew the fishes he had observed. It also exists the genus Rondeletia in botanics (familiy Cinchonaceae, 1771) (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 100 - 3500 m (Ref. 74511). Deep-water; 67°N - 42°S, 180°W - 180°E
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4501)
Worldwide in tropical to temperate seas. Atlantic Ocean: between 38°N and 40°S; reported from Iceland (Ref. 12462). Indian Ocean: between 20°N and 39°S. Pacific Ocean: between 45°N and 42°S. South China Sea and East China Sea (Ref.74511).
Diurnal depths from 750 m, migrating to 100 m at night. Feeds on amphipod and crustacean remains (Ref. 6716).
Paxton, J.R. and D.J. Blake, 1990. Rondeletiidae. p. 609. In J.C. Quero, J.C. Hureau, C. Karrer, A. Post and L. Saldanha (eds.) Check-list of the fishes of the eastern tropical Atlantic (CLOFETA). JNICT, Lisbon; SEI, Paris; and UNESCO, Paris. Vol. 2.
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 90363)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
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Estimates of some properties based on empirical models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (0.00514 - 0.02450), b=3.04 (2.87 - 3.21), based on all LWR estimates for this BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.52 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (K=0.4).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (29 of 100) .