Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Tetraodontiformes
(Puffers and filefishes) > Monacanthidae
Etymology: Brachaluteres: Greek, brachys = short + Latin, luteus = yellow (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range ? - 60 m (Ref. 86942). Tropical; 12°N - 32°S
Western Pacific: Papua New Guinea, Australia (including Lord Howe Island), and the Marshall Islands. Reported from the Chesterfield Islands (Ref. 11897) and New Zealand (Ref. 5755).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 48594)
Solitary among seaweed, hard and soft corals, sponges and crinoids. Inhabits coastal reefs in 8-35 m (Ref. 90102).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Myers, R.F., 1991. Micronesian reef fishes. Second Ed. Coral Graphics, Barrigada, Guam. 298 p. (Ref. 1602)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 24.2 - 27.9, mean 26.4 °C (based on 170 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5625 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02138 (0.01034 - 0.04421), b=2.92 (2.74 - 3.10), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 2.9 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 181 [61, 463] mg/100g ; Iron = 1.07 [0.61, 2.29] mg/100g ; Protein = 18.1 [15.8, 20.4] % ; Omega3 = 0.143 [0.060, 0.312] g/100g ; Selenium = 21.4 [9.0, 53.0] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 93 [26, 332] μg/100g ; Zinc = 2.08 [1.13, 3.49] mg/100g (wet weight);