Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Cetomimiformes
(Whalefishes) > Cetomimidae
Etymology: Rhamphocetichthys: Greek, rhamphos = bill, peak + Greek, ketos = marine monster, whale + Greek, ichthys = fish.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 0 - 2100 m (Ref. 9791). Deep-water; 25°N - 25°S
Pacific Ocean: Coral Sea and Gulf of California. Also known from the Eastern Central Atlantic.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Morphology | Morphometrics
All captures were made with open nets fishing (Ref. 9791). Minimum depth from Ref. 58018.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Paxton, J.R., 1989. Synopsis of the whalefishes (family Cetomimidae) with descriptions of four new genera. Records of the Australian Museum 41:135-206. (Ref. 9791)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 4.7 - 15.1, mean 7.8 (based on 126 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (13 of 100) .