Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Zoarcidae
(Eelpouts) > Gymnelinae
Etymology: Barbapellis: Name from Latin 'barba' for beard and 'pellis' for skin; referring to the skin flaps situated all around the mouth.; pterygalces: The species name pterygalces is from the Greek πτερύγιο (fin) and the Latin alces (moose) and refers to the palmate pectoral fins of the species similar to moose palmate antlers. The English common name "moose eelpout" and the French common name "lycode élan" are proposed (Ref. 87479).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 1137 - 1231 m (Ref. 87479). Polar; 65°S - 66°S, 139°E - 140°E
Southern Ocean: off Terre Adélie.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 20.4 cm TL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 101;
Vertebrae: 120. This species is defined by the following set of characters: with a system of cephalic skin crests and prominent flaps, composed by 1 nasal, 2 maxillary, 2 anteromandibular and 2 posteromandibular flaps, and 1 mediodorsal, 2 laterodorsal, 2 supraorbitomaxillary, 2 preoperculomandibular, 2 internoventral, and 2 externoventral crests; preoperculomandibular pores 6; suborbital pores 4; postorbital pores 2; nasal tubes are elongate; large, flexible, and highly palmate pectoral fins (length 143.9% HL); 12-13 pectoral-fin rays; presence of pelvic fins; restricted gill slit; minute and sparse scales on body; lateral line mediolateral, short, not continuing on body; palatine and vomerine teeth present; vertebrae 21 + 99 = 120 (Ref. 87479).
Found on muddy bottom, collected at ca 1200 m depth (Ref. 87479).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Iglésias, S.P., A. Dettai and C. Ozouf-Costaz, 2011. Barbapellis pterygalces, new genus and new species of a singular eelpout (Zoarcidae: Teleostei) from the Antarctic deep waters. Polar Biol. 35(2):215-220. (Ref. 87479)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00110 (0.00042 - 0.00287), b=3.09 (2.86 - 3.32), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (37 of 100) .