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Mascarenichthys microphthalmus  Schwarzhans & Møller, 2007

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Ophidiiformes (Cusk eels) > Bythitidae (Viviparous brotulas) > Brosmophycinae
Etymology: Mascarenichthys: Named in reference to the Mascarene plate, from where most of the specimens observed so far have been obtained.;  microphthalmus: Name from Greek words 'micros' for small and 'ophthalmos' for eye), refers to the small eye size of this species; noun in apposition..   More on author: Schwarzhans.

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Marine; benthopelagic.   Temperate

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Southeast Atlantic: South Africa.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 4.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 76869)

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Dorsal soft rays (total): 67-69; Anal soft rays: 52 - 55; Vertebrae: 40 - 41. This species possess the following distinguishing characters: D 67-69, A 52-55, pectoral fin rays 19, D/A is 19-22, V in D 2.0; vertebrae 11+29-30 = 40-41; anterior nostril located 1/4 the distance from upper lip to aggregate distance to anterior margin of eye; small eyes, 0.8-1.2 % SL; 2 pairs of free pseudoclaspers, the outer pseudoclasper simple, flap-shaped with pointed tip, broad at base, short, slightly shorter than inner pseudoclasper which is broad, with 3 ridges in anterior, posterior and inward directions and hidden in pocket of wide isthmus (in resting position); 6 scale rows on cheeks on upper part and 3 rows on lower part; presence of upper preopercular pore (Ref. 76869).

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Schwarzhans, W. and P.R. Møller, 2007. Review of the Dinematichthyini (Teleostei: Bythitidae) of the Indo-west Pacific. Part III. Beaglichthys, Brosmolus, Monothrix and eight new genera with description of 20 new species. The Beagle, Records of the Museums and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory 23:29-110. (Ref. 76869)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.6250   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00447 (0.00175 - 0.01142), b=3.10 (2.88 - 3.32), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.1   ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .