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Cubiceps capensis (Smith, 1847)
CAPE CUBEHEAD
Cape Cigarfish; Atimostoma capensis Smith, 1847; Cape Fathead

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Cubiceps capensis (Smith , 1845)

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Nomeidae (Driftfishes)
Etymology: Cubiceps: Latin, cubus = cube + Latin, ceps = head (Ref. 45335 ) .

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Marine; pelagic-oceanic; oceanodromous (Ref. 51243 ); depth range 0 - 140 m (Ref. 54802 ).   Subtropical; 40°N - 35°S

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Probably circumglobal in tropical and temperate seas. Reported from the Mediterranean (Ref. 11228 ).

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Maturity: L m   ?   range ? - ? cm
Max length : 101 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5951 )

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 12; Dorsal soft rays (total): 20-23; Anal spines : 3; Anal soft rays : 20 - 21; Vertebrae : 31. Dark brown to deep purple, fins dark (Ref. 4412 ). Preorbital snout naked or with a few predorsal scales distinctly smaller than those between eyes (Ref 9834).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Oceanic, epipelagic or mesopelagic in tropical waters. Feeds mainly on salps (Ref. 33689 ). Occurs near the surface at night but depth at daytime is not known. Excellent food fish.

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Haedrich, R.L. , 1990. Nomeidae. p. 1014-1018. In J.C. Quero, J.C. Hureau, C. Karrer, A. Post and L. Saldanha (eds.) Check-list of the fishes of the eastern tropical Atlantic (CLOFETA). JNICT, Lisbon; SEI, Paris; and UNESCO, Paris. Vol. 2. (Ref. 6891 )

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744 )

  Least Concern (LC)  ; Date assessed: 29 January 2013

CITES (Ref. 115941 )

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361 )

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969 ): 16.4 - 26.4, mean 21.9 (based on 848 cells). Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805 ):  PD 50 = 0.5010   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high]. Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00380 (0.00145 - 0.00994), b=3.04 (2.82 - 3.26), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245 ). Trophic Level (Ref. 69278 ):  3.5   ±0.0 se; Based on diet studies. 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) . Price category (Ref. 80766 ):   Unknown .

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