Hoplostethus robustispinus  Moore & Dodd, 2010

Thickspine roughy
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Beryciformes (Sawbellies) > Trachichthyidae (Slimeheads)
Etymology: Hoplostethus: Greek, hoplon = weapon + Greek, stetho, stethion = brest; literal = to prick a little breast (Ref. 45335);  robustispinus: Name from the combination of the Latin robustus, meaning strong, and spinus, for spine, in reference to the extremely thickened fin spines (Ref. 84133).

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

Marine; demersal; depth range ? - 660 m (Ref. 84133).   Tropical; 28°N - 15°N, 123°E - 129°E

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Northwestern Pacific: Philippines (east of Calagua Islands) and Japan.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 35.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 92805)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 6; Dorsal soft rays (total): 14; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 9; Vertebrae: 27. Hoplostethus robustispinus has extremely thickened fin spines, 56 digitiform pyloric caeca, a bright red body, fins with no black pigment in any fin membranes, no silvery flanks, a long trunk (VA distance is greater than almost all other species) and eyes more dorsally placed, with the upper margin dorsal to preopercular ridges and level with the post-temporal spine (Ref. 84133).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Moore, Jon A. | Collaborators

Moore, J.A. and K.A. Dodd, 2010. A New Species of the Roughy Genus Hoplostethus (Teleostei: Trachichthyidae) from the Philippines. Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 51(1):137-144. (Ref. 84133)

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

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01660 (0.00707 - 0.03894), b=3.05 (2.85 - 3.25), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.6   ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Very Low, minimum population doubling time more than 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  High to very high vulnerability (68 of 100) .