Alepocephalus planifrons  Sazonov, 1993

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Osmeriformes (Smelts) > Alepocephalidae (Slickheads)
Etymology: Alepocephalus: Greek, alepos, alepidotos = without scales + Greek, kephale = head (Ref. 45335);  planifrons: Named for its wide, smooth upper surface on the head.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 400 - 750 m (Ref. 41471).   Deep-water

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Southeast Pacific.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 31.7 cm SL (female)

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Dorsal soft rays (total): 17-20; Anal soft rays: 18 - 21; Vertebrae: 52 - 54. Head relatively short, <39.5-0.025% SL. Snout short (22-28%HL); broadly triangular anteriorly when viewed from above. Orbit diameter about 1/5 to 1/4 HL, along the whole upper edge and on the separate elongate-shaped part of the lower-posterior part of the orbit are accumulation s of whitish connective tissue. Interorbital space very wide, ca. 17-30% HL, flat, narrows very slightly at the middle of the orbit. Upper jaw extends to below the center of the orbit. Branchiostegal rays 8-9. Transverse rows of scales above lateral line 60-65, 30-35 predorsal. Gill rakers' length less than gill lamellae length, and completely free at the base. Opercle has a projection at the lower anterior corner; subopercle has a wide posterior edge usually with no separate processes. Anus not shifted forward from the origin of the anal fin. Pyloric caeca 12-18 (Ref. 41471).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits continental slopes.

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Sazonov, Y.I., 1994. A new species of slickhead Alepocephalus planifrons (Alepocephalidae) from the southeastern Pacific. J. Ichthyol. 34(2):104-111. (Ref. 41471)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00347 (0.00157 - 0.00764), b=3.19 (3.00 - 3.38), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.5   ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate to high vulnerability (46 of 100) .