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Paraulopus balteatus  Gomon, 2010

Banded cucumberfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Aulopiformes (Grinners) > Paraulopidae (Cucumber fishes)
Etymology: Paraulopus: Paraulopus refers to a taxon related to Aulopus, both being included in the Aulopiformes.;  balteatus: Name from Latin meaning 'belted or banded’, referring to the distinctive broad brown bands on the sides of the body in this species.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; pelagic-oceanic; depth range 300 - 800 m (Ref. 86263).   Deep-water

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Southwest Pacific: Tasman Sea at 30°35°S, from Browns Mount southeast of Botany Bay, New South Wales, to the Three Kings Ridge just north of the northern boundary of New Zealand’s EEZ.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 32.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 86263)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal soft rays (total): 11; Anal soft rays: 8 - 9; Vertebrae: 48. This species is distinguished by the following characters: A 8-9; pectoral fin rays 19; vertebrae 48; predorsal scales 19-24; scales above lateral line 5.5; pelvic fin large, length 22.8-28.4% SL, larger in males than females, inner lobe much shorter than outer lobe, ratio of lengths of outer lobe to inner 1.7-2.1; two prominent broad brown bands posterior to dorsal fin on sides of body; broad black marginal stripe covering distal third of dorsal fin with distinct broad white submarginal stripe; distal third of upper lobe of caudal fin with white marginal band and black submarginal band, while ventral lobe with black marginal band; buccal cavity pigmented black forward to jaws; males with black anal fin margin anteriorly and distally, females lack dark margins (Ref. 86263).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

The absence from trawl collections may infer that this species may prefer hard-bottom habitat, which is usually avoided by trawl fishers. Also, the fact that this species are taken with hook and line suggests that it is carnivorous. Individuals probably rest on their substantial pelvic fins waiting for potential prey to come to them, a behaviour common to a number of other members of the order (Ref. 86263).

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Gomon, M.F., 2010. A new species of Paraulopus (Aulopiformes: Paraulopidae) from seamounts of the Tasman Sea. Memoirs of Museum Victoria 67:15-18. (Ref. 86263)

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 = 0.5001   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00151 (0.00055 - 0.00416), b=3.06 (2.83 - 3.29), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  4.2   ±0.3 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (29 of 100) .