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Malthopsis tiarella Jordan, 1902
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Kingdom Animalia  
 Phylum Chordata  
 Class Actinopterygii  
 Order Lophiiformes  
 Family Ogcocephalidae  
 Genus Malthopsis  
  Malthopsis tiarella    Jordan, 1902 
Provider: Hsuan-Ching Ho 
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Citation: Ho, H. C. & K. T. Shao, 2010. A review of Malthopsis jordani Gilbert, 1905, with description of a new batfish from the Indo-Pacific Ocean(Lophiiformes: Ogcocephalidae). Bull. Natl. Mus. Nat. Sci., Ser. A, Suppl. 4, pp. 9–19
Character: Body depressed, disk triangular; rostrum small and pointed, upturned, with horn-shaped tubercular; illicial cavity narrow with a trianglur opeoing; mouth small, overhung by rostrum; illicium short; esca a single dorsal bulb; tooth villiform band on jaws, vomer, palatines and tongue; gill 2, holobranchs on arches 2 and 3; membranes connecting pectoral pedicels with trunk; skin tough, cover with large bony bucklers; ventral surface cover with numerous dermal spinules between backlers; subopercular spines well-developed, none directed forward; caudal slightly rounded; longest anal fin ray not beyond base of caudal; dorsal without black ring-like markings; dark cross-bands present on dorsal fin, caudal peduncle and caudal fin. 
Habitat: Habits in the marine bathydemersal. They are awkward, walking on the bottom on their large armlike pectoral fins and smaller pelvic fins. 
Distribution: Widely distributed in thr Indo-West Pacific from South Africa to Japan. It occurs in the northeast Taiwan off Suao. 
Utility: No commercial value. 
Name Code: 383453
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Malthopsis tiarella Jordan , 1902

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Lophiiformes (Anglerfishes) > Ogcocephalidae (Batfishes)
Etymology: Malthopsis: Greek, malthe, es = a marine fish of soft flesh (Ref. 45335 ) .  More on author: Jordan .

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

Marine; demersal; depth range 80 - 450 m (Ref. 4517 ).   Temperate

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Northwestern Pacific: off Japan and Taiwan. Specimens collected from other places may represent other species.

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Maturity: L m   ?   range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4517 ); common length : 6.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 36670 )

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Dorsal soft rays (total): 4-5; Anal spines : 0; Anal soft rays : 4. Irregular dark spots on dorsal surface (Ref. 6612 ).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Bradbury, M.G. , 1986. Ogcocephalidae. p. 370-373. In M.M. Smith and P.C. Heemstra (eds.) Smiths' sea fishes. Springer-Verlag, Berlin. (Ref. 6612 )

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744 )

    Not Evaluated  

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 ): 5.7 - 20.3, mean 15.6 (based on 77 cells). Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805 ):  PD 50 = 0.5001   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high]. Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01995 (0.00746 - 0.05337), b=2.96 (2.73 - 3.19), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245 ). Trophic Level (Ref. 69278 ):  3.3   ±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 ):  Low to moderate vulnerability (35 of 100) .

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