Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Chlopsidae
Etymology: Kaupichthys: Because of Johann Jakob Kaup, 1827; author of "Zoologische Monographien", ichthyologist + Greek, ichthys = fish.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 1 - 95 m (Ref. 58302). Subtropical; 30°N - 18°S
Indo-Pacific: East Africa to the Marquesas and Society islands, north to the Ryukyu and Hawaiian islands; throughout Micronesia. Western Atlantic: southeastern Florida (USA), Bahamas, and Yucatan, Mexico to the Antilles (Ref. 26340) and Venezuela (Ref. 7251). However, according to Tighe, the Indo-Pacific species Kaupichthys diodontus, may be distinct from Kaupichthys hyproroides of the Atlantic (Ref. 11303).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 30.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 1602)
A benthic and solitary species (Ref. 26340) occurring in and around coral reefs and rocky shores. Also Ref. 58302.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Castle, P.H.J., 1986. Xenocongridae. p. 186-187. In M.M. Smith and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Smiths' sea fishes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. (Ref. 3251)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 25.6 - 28.7, mean 27.6 °C (based on 706 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5156 [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
): 3.6 ±0.6 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (16 of 100) .
Nutrients (Ref. 124155
): Calcium = 45.4 [23.3, 87.5] mg/100g ; Iron = 0.705 [0.391, 1.291] mg/100g ; Protein = 20 [18, 22] % ; Omega3 = 0.215 [0.097, 0.563] g/100g ; Selenium = 17.1 [8.2, 35.4] μg/100g ; VitaminA = 89.8 [21.6, 345.5] μg/100g ; Zinc = 0.988 [0.634, 1.552] mg/100g (wet weight);