Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Malacanthidae
(Tilefishes) > Latilinae
Etymology: Branchiostegus: Greek, brangchia = gills + Greek, stego = roof, to cover (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; demersal; depth range 30 - 200 m (Ref. 8991). Tropical; 40°N - 15°N, 105°E - 144°E
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)
Western Pacific: Central Honshu to the South China Sea. Also reported as far south as the Arafura Sea (Ref. 9819).
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. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
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) .