Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Ophidiiformes
(Cusk eels) > Ophidiidae
(Cusk-eels) > Neobythitinae
Etymology: Bassogigas: Latin, bassus = thick, fat + Latin, gigas, gigantis = giant (Ref. 45335).
More on authors: Goode & Bean.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 637 - 2239 m (Ref. 75877). Deep-water
Indo-West Pacific (between the southern tip of South Africa and New Caledonia) and Atlantic (except east Atlantic).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 85.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4103)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 82 - 88;
Vertebrae: 60 - 64. This species is distinguished and differs from B. walkeri by its long lateral line, snout to end of lateral line 64-80% SL (vs. 39.5% SL) and ending below dorsal fin ray number 47-69 (vs. 10) and above vertebra number 31-43 (vs. 12); scales in midline of body 130-150 (vs. 175); distance between base of pelvic fins and anal fin origin 24.0-32.5% SL (vs. 34.5% SL); two median basibranchial tooth patches, the anterior short and broad (vs. long and narrow); scale rows between origin of dorsal fin and lateral line 7-8 (vs. 11); sagitta thin, 12-16% its height (vs. 23% its length) (Ref. 86400).
Uncommon species (Ref. 34024). Oviparous, with oval pelagic eggs floating in a gelatinous mass (Ref. 205).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Nielsen, J.G. and P.R. Møller, 2011. Revision of the bathyal cusk-eels of the genus Bassogigas (Ophidiidae) with description of a new species from off Guam, west Pacific Ocean. J. Fish Biol. 78(3):783-795. (Ref. 86400)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 2.5 - 7.4, mean 4.6 °C (based on 889 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00110 (0.00040 - 0.00299), b=3.08 (2.85 - 3.31), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.7 ±0.6 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (54 of 100).