Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes/Zoarcoidei
(Eelpouts and pricklebacks) > Cryptacanthodidae
Etymology: Cryptacanthodes: Greek, kryptos = hidden + Greek, akanthoides = similar to thorns (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 1 - 110 m (Ref. 5951). Temperate; 55°N - 39°N, 75°W - 49°W
Western Atlantic: southern Labrador in Canada to New Jersey in USA.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 97.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 49746)
Burrows in soft muddy bottoms from shallow water to 110 m depth. Feeds mainly on benthic infauna found in and around its burrow system; its prey consisting of various amphipods, polychaetes, shrimp and small fish (Ref. 87300).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Robins, C.R. and G.C. Ray, 1986. A field guide to Atlantic coast fishes of North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, U.S.A. 354 p. (Ref. 7251)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 0.9 - 12.2, mean 6.4 °C (based on 135 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00102 (0.00046 - 0.00225), b=3.06 (2.88 - 3.24), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.0 ±0.1 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): High vulnerability (59 of 100).
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 31.5 [17.4, 53.4] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.283 [0.180, 0.442] mg/100g ; Protein = 18.8 [18.0, 19.6] % ; Omega3 = 0.366 [0.222, 0.604] g/100g ; Selenium = 29.1 [15.6, 59.7] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 4.4 [1.6, 12.0] μg/100g ; Zinc = 0.503 [0.358, 0.702] mg/100g (wet weight);