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Kali falx  Melo, 2008

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Chiasmodontidae (Snaketooth fishes)
Etymology: Kali: Named after Kali, a Hindu goddess.;  falx: From the Latin falx, sickle; in a reference to the well developed sickle-shaped anterior most tooth, a diagnostic characteristic for the species. A noun in apposition.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 1300 - 2870 m (Ref. 75596).   Tropical; 29°N - 8°N

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Atlantic, Indian and Pacific: Equatorial and tropical regions of the northern hemisphere: from a single locality in eastern Atlantic at 8° N; two localities in Indian at about 14° N; and Pacific Plate and Eastern Pacific, between 29° N and 10° N.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 16.4 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75596)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Body elongate, laterally compressed. Greatest body depth at origin of first dorsal fin. Scales absent, except for lateral-line scales, embedded in skin. Kali falx is diagnosed from its congeners by a unique characteristic: first tooth in lateral remarkably enlarged, 17.2-20.5% in premaxillary length, sickle-shaped, projecting anteriorly (vs. first tooth in lateral series of premaxilla of same size or smaller than adjacent teeth in K. colubrina, K. kerberti, K. macrodon, K. macrura, and K. parri; fang-like, 15.2-16.4% in premaxillary length, slightly curved, not projecting anteriorly in K. indica).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Main reference Upload your references | References | Coordinator : Paxton, John | Collaborators

Melo, M.R.S., 2008. The genus Kali Lloyd (Chiasmodontidae: Teleostei) with description of new two species, and the revalidation of K. kerberti Weber. Zootaxa 1747:1-33. (Ref. 75596)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5078   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.4   ±0.2 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .