Hymenocephalus nascens  Gilbert & Hubbs, 1920

Nascent membranehead
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Gadiformes (Cods) > Macrouridae (Grenadiers or rattails) > Macrourinae
Etymology: Hymenocephalus: Named for its transparent membrane-like head covering (‘‘hymen head’’) and fragile nature of head bones (Ref. 100825).   More on author: Gilbert, Hubbs.

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 366 - 855 m (Ref. 35908).   Deep-water

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Western Central Pacific: South China Sea off Hong Kong, through Philippines and Indonesia, off northern Australia, to New Caledonia and New Zealand.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 18.2 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 97189)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 2. This species is distinguished by the following characters: pelvic rays usually 12-14 (elsewhere 11-13); total gill-rakers first arch (outer/inner) 17-22/23-28, second arch 22-28/22-26; no chin barbel; snout length 22-31% HL; orbit diameter 29-40% HL; suborbital width 10-14%HL, interorbital width 24-29%HL; most of the orbit, upper surface of snout, sides of head and trunk silvery or pale, ventral aspects of heed and trunk black; a prominent midlateral stripe of silvery (when fresh) or brownish (preserved) pigment running along trunk and tail (Ref. 97189). Additional distinguishing characteristics: pectoral fin rays 13-16; projecting snout, 20-26% HL; infraorbital width 11-16% HL; moderately long preopercular supporter, with obtuse angle at rear margin, 4-9% HL; ventral striae reaching to ½ distance from pelvic fin bases to periproct; otolith has moderately high predorsal lobe, with colliculi separated, closely placed across collum with a tendency to joining in large individuals, terminating at some distance from anterior and posterior rims of otolith; otolith length to height (OL:OH), 1.1-1.2; total colliculum length to pseudocolliculum length (TCL:PCL), 1.8-2.4 (Ref. 98298).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

A benthic species found on the continental slope (Ref. 75154).

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Iwamoto, Tomio | Collaborators

Iwamoto, T. and N.R. Merrett, 1997. Pisces Gadiformes: Taxonomy of grenadiers of the New Caledonian region, southwest Pacific. Mem. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat. (176):473-570. (Ref. 35908)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 115941)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 6.4 - 11.4, mean 8.2 (based on 237 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00219 (0.00097 - 0.00495), b=3.17 (2.98 - 3.36), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.3   ±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):  Low to moderate vulnerability (28 of 100) .