Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Aulopiformes
(Grinners) > Synodontidae
(Lizardfishes) > Synodontinae
Etymology: Synodus: Greek, syn, symphysis = grown together + Greek, odous = teeth (Ref. 45335); lobeli: Named in honor of Philip S. Lobel, who first discovered the species and suspected it was undescribed (Ref. 7438). More on author: Randall.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; demersal; depth range 31 - 140 m (Ref. 58302). Tropical
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 23.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 37501)
soft rays: 9;
Vertebrae: 53 - 56. Preopercle scaled to posterior margin; anterior palatine teeth not distinctly longer than and not isolated from posterior palatine teeth; membranous flap on anterior nostrils slender; body depth 6.7-7.8 in SL; pectoral fins not reaching a line connecting origins of dorsal and pelvic fins; anal fin base about two-thirds dorsal fin base; pale with small irregular dark blotches forming longitudinal lines on upper half of body (Ref. 7438).
Northwest Pacific: Japan. Eastern Central Pacific: Hawaii (Ref. 37501), including Taiwan (Ref. 58391).
Found on sand bottoms (Ref. 7438). Benthic (Ref. 58302).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Senou, H., Y. Morita and K. Arai, 1995. Two new records of lizardfishes (Pisces: Synodontidae) from Japan. Jap. J. Ichthyol. 42(1):93-95. (Ref. 37501)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 96402)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
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Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00380 (0.00184 - 0.00786), b=3.20 (3.03 - 3.37), based on LWR estimates for this Genus-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 4.2 ±0.7 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (22 of 100) .