Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Ophidiiformes
(Cusk eels) > Ophidiidae
(Cusk-eels) > Neobythitinae
Etymology: Luciobrotula: Latin, lucius = pike + Latin, brotula, -ae = little, bud, shoot (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 220 - 1830 m (Ref. 83453). Deep-water
Atlantic Ocean: Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, northwards along the American coast to 39°42’N, 71°27’W.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 61.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 3686)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 68 - 74;
Vertebrae: 56 - 57. This species is distinct in having the following set of characters: lateral line ends below dorsal fin rays 24-32 or ca. above anus, sagittal otolith with distinct concavity in dorsal rim in specimens longer than ca. 300 mm, head and body of same colour and absence of occipital and interorbital pores (Ref. 83453).
Not often encountered but probably locally abundant (Ref. 34024). Oviparous, with oval pelagic eggs floating in a gelatinous mass (Ref. 205).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Nielsen, J.G., 2009. A revision of the bathyal genus Luciobrotula (Teleostei, Ophidiidae) with two new species. Galathea Report 22:141-156. (Ref. 83453)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: of no interest
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 5.2 - 13.1, mean 8.4 (based on 353 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5156 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00407 (0.00159 - 0.01046), b=3.12 (2.90 - 3.34), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.7 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (48 of 100) .