Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes/Notothenioidei
(Icefishes) > Bovichtidae
Etymology: Halaphritis: Greek, als = salt + Greek, aphritis, -idos = anchovy (Ref. 45335); platycephala: Named for its flat head..
More on authors: Last, Balushkin & Hutchins.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 5 - 13 m (Ref. 43123). Temperate
Eastern Indian Ocean: Tasmania, Australia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 16.8 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 43123)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Lives deep inside caves or under ledges in semi-exposed habitats in the near shore where light levels are low. Adapted to creeping around the bottom in cramped confines. In captivity, it crawls over the substrate rather than swim. Feeds on shrimps and other small crustaceans in captivity (Ref. 43123).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Last, P.R., A.V. Balushkin and J.B. Hutchins, 2002. Halaphritis platycephala (Notothenioidei: Bovichtidae): a new genus and species of temperate icefish from southeastern Australia. Copeia 2002(2):433-440. (Ref. 43123)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 13.4 - 18.3, mean 17 °C (based on 75 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 1.0005 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00468 (0.00184 - 0.01190), b=3.17 (2.95 - 3.39), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.6 ±0.55 se; based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (11 of 100).