Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes
(Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Agonidae
(Poachers) > Anoplagoninae
Etymology: Aspidophoroides: Greek, aspidos, shield + Latin, fero = to carry (Ref. 45335). More on author: Lütken.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; brackish; demersal; depth range 0 - 632 m (Ref. 117245). Polar; 83°N - 51°N, 33°E - 45°W (Ref. 117245)
Arctic to Northwest Atlantic and Northwest to Northeast Pacific: Hudson Bay and Labrador in Canada and Greenland. Also in the Barents Sea, Kara Sea, White Sea and Siberia (Ref. 4700); Chukchi Sea, Bering Strait, Bering Sea and Anadyr Gulf (Ref. 6876).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.6 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4700)
Found on sand and mud bottoms, at temperatures mostly below 0°C, rarely to 2-3°C or more and salinities of 33-35 ppt (Ref. 4700). Benthic (Ref. 58426). Minimum depth reported at 7m (Ref. 5951). Feeds on small amphipods, ostracods and nemertine worms (Ref. 4700).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Andriashev, A.P., 1986. Agonidae. p. 1265-1268. In P.J.P. Whitehead, M.-L. Bauchot, J.-C. Hureau, J. Nielsen and E. Tortonese (eds.) Fishes of the North-eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean. volume 3. UNESCO, Paris. (Ref. 4700)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): -1.6 - 1.8, mean -0.6 °C (based on 1824 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00339 (0.00126 - 0.00910), b=3.07 (2.84 - 3.30), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.5 se; based on diet studies.
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Assuming tm=2-4;Fec<2000).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (19 of 100) .