Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Serranidae
(Sea basses: groupers and fairy basslets) > Anthiinae
Etymology: Acanthistius: Greek, akantha = thorn + Greek, istion = sail (Ref. 45335); joanae: Named for Joan Wright.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range 23 - 140 m (Ref. 83528). Subtropical
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Western Indian Ocean: South Africa.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 14.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 83528)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 7;
Vertebrae: 26. This species is characterized by the following: distinct ctenoid scales cover the interorbital, maxilla, infraorbitals, interopercle, dorsal 4 branchiostegal rays, gular area, isthmus, chest, belly and proximal two-thirds of pectoral fin; interorbital area is slightly convex; longest dorsal fin spine equal to or longer than peduncle depth; Caudal, anal, and pelvic fins are pale (fin rays mostly reddish orange in life); a large oval, blackish brown blotch (most prominent dark mark on the head) covers most of the opercle; 17-19 pectoral-fin rays (Ref. 83528).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Heemstra, P.C., 2010. Taxonomic review of the perciform fish genus Acanthistius from the east coast of southern Africa, with description of a new species and designation of a neotype for Serranus sebastoides Castelnau, 1861. Zootaxa 2352:59-68. (Ref. 83528)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 13.6 - 23.9, mean 17.9 (based on 8 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5005 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01023 (0.00428 - 0.02445), b=2.98 (2.78 - 3.18), 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
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (24 of 100) .