Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes/Scorpaenoidei
(Scorpionfishes) > Aploactinidae
Etymology: Cocotropus: Greek, kokkos = berry, seed + Greek, tropsis, tropo = turning (Ref. 45335); astakhovi: Named for D.A. Astakhov, a Russian ichthyologist well-known for his investigations in marine ichthyofauna and especially in coral fishes of Vietnam.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 10 - 20 m (Ref. 86262). Tropical
Western Pacific: Vietnam.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 86262)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 13 - 14;
soft rays: 8;
Vertebrae: 26. This species is distinguished by the following characters: Dorsal fin with usually 13 spiny rays, 10 soft rays, with the anterior 4 spines forming a separate lobe; A II,8; P 13; vertebrae 26, with 4 praeopecular spines; vomer with teeth; presence of developed papillae on cheeks, lower surface of the head and on the maxillare plate; isthmus whose apex, by far, does not reach the level of the fifth mandibular pore. This species is represented by a dark morph and a light morph (Ref. 86262).
This species, by all probability, keeps at gravel sites at the boundary of the coral reef and of sands on coral banks (Ref. 86262).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Prokofiev, A.M., 2010. Occurrence of velvet-fishes of the genus Cocotropus (Teleostei: Scorpaeniformes: Aploactinidae) in Vietnam waters with descriptions of two new species. J. Ichthyol. 50(9):718-727. (Ref. 86262)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.4 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .