Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Lophiiformes
(Anglerfishes) > Ogcocephalidae
Etymology: Malthopsis: Greek, malthe, es = a marine fish of soft flesh (Ref. 45335). More on author: Tanaka.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Subtropical; 0°C - ; 30°N - 34°S, 113°E - 154°E
Western Pacific: off Japan, Taiwan, Philippines and Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 86633)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 4. This species is characterized by the following: subopercular buckler dull, with few blunt spinelets at its tip; ventral surface is covered with minute prickles; pointed rostrum, directed rather forward than upward; principal bucklers on dorsal surface relatively small and flattened, interspace fully covered by small bucklers and prickles (Ref. 86633).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Ho, H.-H. and K.-T. Shao, 2010. Redescription of Malthopsis lutea Alcock, 1891 and resurrection of M. kobayashii Tanaka, 1916 (Lophiiformes: Lophiidae). Journal of the National Taiwan Museum 63(3):1-18. (Ref. 86633)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5001 [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 ±0.6 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
): Low to moderate vulnerability (31 of 100) .