Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Tetraodontiformes
(Puffers and filefishes) > Balistidae
Etymology: Abalistes: Greek, a = without + Greek, ballo = to throw (Ref. 45335); filamentosus: Named for the filamentous rays in its caudal fin.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range 61 - 180 m (Ref. 54835). Subtropical
Indo-West Pacific: Ryukyu Islands to the Northwest Shelf of Australia, and the Timor Sea. Reported in New Caledonia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 32.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 54835); 24.3 cm SL (female); max. published weight: 1.4 kg (Ref. 85123)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 22 - 25. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D III,25-27; A 22-25; pectoral rays 14-15 (usually 14); body scale rows 33-39; head scale rows 25-32; upper and lower rays of the caudal fin are greatly produced in filaments; cheek with 3 or 4 longitudinal grooves. Colouration: proximal part of spinous dorsal fin is dark brown; body without yellow/pale blue spots or yellow reticulations; ground color of body is dark brown dorsally, mottled with irregular pale markings, then becoming white ventrally; cheek is brown with greenish tinge (Ref. 54835).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Oviparous, distinct pairing during breeding (Ref. 205).
Matsuura, K. and T. Yoshino, 2004. A new triggerfish of the genus Abalistes (Tetraodontiformes: Balistidae) from the Western Pacific. Rec. Aust. Mus. 56:189-194. (Ref. 54835)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 18.8 - 26.9, mean 23.9 °C (based on 268 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02570 (0.01243 - 0.05316), b=2.94 (2.76 - 3.12), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±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 (40 of 100) .