Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Acropomatiformes
(Oceanic basses) > Symphysanodontidae
Etymology: Cymatognathus: Name from the Greek 'kymatos' (wave) and 'gnathos' (jaw), referring to the characteristic wavy upper contour of the lower jaw.; aureolateralis: Name from Latin 'aurum' (gold) and 'lateralis' (side), referring to the bright yellow marking laterally on body.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range - m (Ref. ), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Western Pacific: Indonesia.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 18.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 115558)
Morphology | Morphometrics
This species is distinguished by the following characters: posterior tip of coronoid process of dentary is abruptly depressed so teeth on anterior portion appear as an elevated patch, thus creating a wavy contour on lower jaw; anterior tip of upper jaw is not notched; posterior nostril horizontally slit-like (Ref. 115558).
Depth unknown but specimens were collected as bycatch of hand-lining targeting Priacanthus etelis and Pristipomoides, which are reported to occur at depths between 15 and 400 m. The third author recently obtained a video clip that clearly shows this species in situ was taken off Lembeh Island, near Bitung, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, at 199 m on 12 November 2015, by an ROV as part of an ongoing survey of the Indonesian coelacanth (Ref. 115558).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Kimura, S., G.D. Johnson, T. Peristiwady and K. Matsuura, 2017. A new genus and species of the family Symphysanodontidae, Cymatognathus aureolateralis (Actinopterygii: Perciformes) from Indonesia. Zootaxa 4277(1):51-66. (Ref. 115558)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
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Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 1.0001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01122 (0.00514 - 0.02450), b=3.04 (2.87 - 3.21), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (12 of 100) .