Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Ophidiiformes
(Cusk eels) > Bythitidae
(Viviparous brotulas) > Brosmophycinae
Etymology: Alionematichthys: Name from Latin alius meaning the other or different, and nematichthys, the stem of the genus name Dinematichthys, to which this genus is most similar.; samoaensis: Named for its type locality, American Samoa; an adjective.. More on author: Schwarzhans.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated. Tropical
Eastern Central Pacific: American Samoa.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 5.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 81230); 5.9 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 57 - 64;
Vertebrae: 40 - 43. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D 73-80; A 57-64; moderately large eyes (2.2-2.8%SL); slender body; many cirri on snout; scales on cheeks, none above the opercular spine; with upper preopercular pore; funnel-shaped posterior nostril; broad-based outer pseudoclasper, not extending beyond the hood when in resting position, with thick distal knob on the inner face, while the inner one about half size of outer pseudoclasper, anterior thorn slightly bent, posterior lobe broader than the anterior one; vertebrae 11-12 + 29-30 = 40-43 (Ref. 81230).
A gravid female, 4.6 cm SL (CAS 81486) with ca. 100 embryos, 0.46 cm TL in length; each embryo with 3 short pigmented rows on the posterior part of the body (Ref. 81230).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Møller, P.R. and W. Schwarzhans, 2008. Review of the Dinematichthyini (Teleostei, Bythitidae) of the Indo-west Pacific, Part IV. Dinematichthys and two new genera with descriptions of nine new species. The Beagle 24:87-146. (Ref. 81230)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5005 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00457 (0.00178 - 0.01174), b=3.10 (2.88 - 3.32), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.2 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (12 of 100) .