Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Ophidiiformes
(Cusk eels) > Ophidiidae
(Cusk-eels) > Neobythitinae
Etymology: Neobythites: Greek, neos = new + Greek, bythitis, -idos = it is at the bottom, sunken (Ref. 45335); multiocellatus: The specific name refers to the high number of ocelli (>2) on the dorsal fin (Ref. 82372). More on authors: Nielsen, Uiblein & Mincarone.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 102 - 770 m (Ref. 82371). Tropical
Neobythites multiocellatus is recorded from most of the Caribbean Sea northwards to off the Atlantic coast of Florida (Ref. 82372).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 14.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 82372)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Neobythites multiocellatus differs from the other eight West Atlantic Neobythites species by having 3 (rarely 4) ocelli on the dorsal fin, the anterior of which is placed somewhat behind a line through the origin of the anal fin, and by the following combination of characters: 0–1(weak) spine on hind margin of preopercle, total number of vertebrae 54–59, dorsal fin rays 94–101, anal fin rays 79–90 (Ref. 82372).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Nielsen, J.G., F. Uiblein and M.M. Mincarone, 2009. Ocellus-bearing Neobythites species (Teleostei: Ophidiidae) from the West Atlantic with description of a new species. Zootaxa 2228:57-68. (Ref. 82372)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 10.8 - 21, mean 15.4 (based on 90 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00417 (0.00163 - 0.01066), b=3.12 (2.89 - 3.35), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (20 of 100) .