Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Opistognathidae
Etymology: Lonchopisthus: Greek, logche = lance + Greek, opisthe = behind (Ref. 45335); ancistrus: Name from Greek 'ankistron' for fish-hook, referring to the strongly hooked posterior end of the maxilla; noun in apposition.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range 110 - 220 m (Ref. 116588). Deep-water
Western Central Atlantic: only from the Gulf of Mexico and off Honduras.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.9 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 116588)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 10 - 11;
soft rays: 11 - 12;
Vertebrae: 26 - 27. This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: posterior end of maxilla is strongly hooked; membranes connecting maxilla and premaxilla and covering inner posterior part of dentary pale; D X-XI,12-13; A III,11-12; branched caudal-fin rays 11-13 (exceptionally 5); cheek and opercle are naked; oblique body-scale rows in longitudinal series 33-39; has a very long pelvic fins, 39.4-75.3% SL; with L. lemur, differs from congeners in lacking an inner premaxillary dark stripe and having fewer numbers of segmented dorsal and anal-fin rays and associated unbranched rays (Ref. 116588).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Smith-Vaniz, W.F. and S.J. Walsh, 2017. Revision of the jawfishes genus Lonchopisthus with description of a new Atlantic species (Teleostei: Opistognathidae). J. Ocean Sci. Found. 28:52-89. (Ref. 116588)
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
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5312 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00447 (0.00171 - 0.01168), 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. 69278
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .