Bassozetus werneri  Nielsen & Merrett, 2000

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Ophidiiformes (Cusk eels) > Ophidiidae (Cusk-eels) > Neobythitinae
Etymology: Bassozetus: Latin, bassus = thick, fat + Greek, ketos = marine mosnter, whale (Ref. 45335);  werneri: Named for Werner Schwarzhans, Hamburg..   More on author: Nielsen.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; bathydemersal; depth range ? - 1862 m (Ref. 84269).   Deep-water

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Western Central Pacific: south of New Caledonia.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 37.5 cm SL (female)

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This species is distinguished by the following characters: elongated and compressed body; rounded snout, slightly protruding over tips of jaws; fully scaled head, body scales larger than those on head with 20 in an oblique row; no basibranchial tooth patches; dentigerous vomer a minute, circular plate; sagittal otolith with distinct pointed process at the anterior end; 29 pectoral fin-rays; ventral fins almost reaching anus, 17.5% SL); 10 long gill rakers on anterior arch; chocolate brown coloration (Ref. 84269).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Known only from the holotype, a semi-ripe, female caught at continental slope depth. Stomach and intestine remains indicate that the species feeds on or close to the bottom (remains of crustaceans: 7 amphipods (10 - 40 mm in length) and 1 isopod ca. 10 mm in length (Ref. 84269). Reproductive strategy possibly similar to other members of this family featuring oviparity, with oval pelagic eggs floating in a gelatinous mass (Ref. 205).

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Nielsen, J.G. and N.R. Merrett, 2000. Revision of the cosmopolitan deep-sea genus Bassozetus (Pisces: Ophidiidae) with two new species. Galathea Report 18:7-56. (Ref. 84269)

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 = 0.5001   [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):  3.6   ±0.6 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 vulnerability (42 of 100) .