Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Malacanthidae
(Tilefishes) > Latilinae
Etymology: Branchiostegus: Greek, brangchia = gills + Greek, stego = roof, to cover (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 30 - 200 m (Ref. 8991). Tropical; 40°N - 15°N, 105°E - 144°E
Western Pacific: Central Honshu to the South China Sea. Also reported as far south as the Arafura Sea (Ref. 9819).
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?, range 21 - ? cm
Max length : 46.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 40637); common length : 35.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9137); max. published weight: 1.3 kg (Ref. 40637); max. reported age: 12 years (Ref. 5878)
Found in the sublittoral zone on sandy mud bottoms (Ref. 11230). Most common of Japanese tilefishes (Ref. 559).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Dooley, J.K., 1978. Systematics and biology of the tilefishes (Perciformes: Branchiostegidae and Malacanthidae) with descriptions of two new species. NOAA Tech. Rep. NMFS Circ. No. 411:1-78. (Ref. 8991)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 13.4 - 23.4, mean 18.8 (based on 153 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01096 (0.00550 - 0.02187), b=3.09 (2.90 - 3.28), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this species & (Sub)family-body (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.45 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (K=0.18-0.36; tmax=12).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (35 of 100) .