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Opistognathus cyanospilotus  Smith-Vaniz, 2009

Blueblotch jawfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Opistognathidae (Jawfishes)
Etymology: Opistognathus: Greek, opisthe = behind + Greek, gnathos = jaw (Ref. 45335);  cyanospilotus: Nmae from Greek 'kyaneos' meaning dark blue and 'spilotos' for spotted, in reference to the characteristic blue markings on the head.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; pelagic-neritic; depth range 12 - 30 m (Ref. 81517).   Tropical

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Eastern Indian Ocean: Thailand (Andman Sea) and Indonesia (Sumatra).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 13.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 81517); 11.6 cm SL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15-16; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 15; Vertebrae: 29. This species is distinguished by the following characters: moderately elongate supramaxilla and mostly rigid maxilla with only a slight flexible lamina posteriorly; upper jaw's inner lining and adjacent membranes with a black blotch; when alive, the opercle, cheeks and upper jaw with prominent blue spots or blotches; no dark blotches on body and dorsal fin; lateral-line ends below verticals between sixth to eighth segmented dorsal-fin rays; caudal vertebrae 19 (Ref. 81517).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found in sand/rubble bottoms among reefs in 12-30 m (Ref 90102).

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Smith-Vaniz, W.F., 2009. Three new species of Indo-Pacific jawfishes (Opistognathus: Opistognathidae), with the posterior end of the upper jaw produced as a thin flexible lamina. Aqua, Int'l. J. Ichthyol. 15(2):69-108. (Ref. 81517)

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 = 0.5000   [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):  3.5   ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .