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Lepophidium pheromystax Robins, 1960
BLACKEDGE CUSK-EEL
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Lepophidium pheromystax Robins , 1960

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Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Ophidiiformes (Cusk eels) > Ophidiidae (Cusk-eels) > Ophidiinae
Etymology: Lepophidium: Latin, lepus, leporis = rabbit + Greek, ophis = serpent (Ref. 45335 ) .  More on author: Robins .

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

Marine; demersal; depth range 27 - 165 m (Ref. 91765 ).   Tropical; 21°N - 2°N, 97°W - 49°W (Ref. 91765 )

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Western Atlantic: along the northern coast of South America from Colombia to Cabo Orange, Brazil (north of the mouth of the Amazon); including Gulf of Campeche, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, shelf area from northern Puerto Rico to the US Virgin Islands.

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Maturity: L m   ?   range ? - ? cm
Max length : 27.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 91765 ); common length : 18.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5217 )

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Dorsal spines (total): 0; Dorsal soft rays (total): 127-130; Anal spines : 0; Anal soft rays : 104 - 112; Vertebrae : 69 - 72. This species is characterized by the following: usual number of vertebrae, precaudal 15 (14), caudal 56-57 (54-58), total 71-72 (69-72); fin rays, dorsal 127-130 (125-133), anal 106-108 (104-112) pectoral 20-21 (22); pyloric caeca usually 3 (1-4), most often with 2 in one tier and 1 in second, when 4, they are 3+1; first gill arch with rudimentary rakers 2 on the upper arm, 4 (rarely 5) developed rakers on the lower limb, usually 2 (1-3) rudimentary rakers anteriorly on the first arch; total rakers usually 8-9; dorsal-fin origin between neural spines 2-3 (18 specimens) or 3-4 (11 specimens), in most instances is almost directly over neural spine 3 (Ref. 91765 ).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Common species (Ref. 34024 ). Found on the continental shelf, on soft bottom (Ref. 5217 ). Oviparous, with oval pelagic eggs floating in a gelatinous mass (Ref. 205 ).

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Robins, C.R., R.H. Robins and M.E. Brown , 2012. A revision of Lepophidium (Teleoastei, Ophidiidae), with descriptions of eight new species. Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History 52(1):1-94. (Ref. 91765 )

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251 )

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

CITES (Ref. 123416 )

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361 )

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969 ): 21.7 - 27.1, mean 25.6 °C (based on 64 cells). Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805 ):  PD 50 = 0.5000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high]. Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00275 (0.00134 - 0.00567), b=3.16 (2.98 - 3.34), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245 ). Trophic level (Ref. 69278 ):  3.6   ±0.7 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives Resilience (Ref. 120179 ):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.). Vulnerability (Ref. 59153 ):  Low to moderate vulnerability (33 of 100) .

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