Common names from other countries
Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Lophiiformes
(Anglerfishes) > Ogcocephalidae
Etymology: Malthopsis: Greek, malthe, es = a marine fish of soft flesh (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; pelagic-oceanic; depth range 240 - 510 m (Ref. 92977). Subtropical
Western Pacific: New Zealand and New Caledonia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 92977)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 4. This species is distinguished by the following characters: having stout principal bucklers with prominent spines; D 5-6; pectoral-fin rays 12; ventral surface with small bucklers and minute prickles; subopercular buckler have 3 small spinelets: one directed forward, another outward and third backward; few blunt spinelets on its margin; interspaces of principal bucklers covered with small buckler and prickles; pointed rostral spine, directed forward and upward (Ref. 92977).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Ho, H.-C., C.D. Roberts and K.-T. Shao, 2013. Revision of batfishes (Lophiiformes: Ogcocephalidae) of New Zealand and adjacent waters, with description of two new species of the genus Malthopsis. Zootaxa 3626(1):188-200. (Ref. 92977)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 6.6 - 10.7, mean 8.6 (based on 16 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 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
): 3.2 ±0.6 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 to moderate vulnerability (27 of 100) .