Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Synbranchiformes
(Spiny eels) > Mastacembelidae
Etymology: Mastacembelus: Greek, mastax, -agos = bite + Greek, emballo = to throw oneself (Ref. 45335); triolobus: Derived from the Greek tri- (three) and lob- (lobule), in refernce to its dorsal, anal and caudal fins almost entirely separated, the outline looks as three lobes. Used as an adjective.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Freshwater; demersal. Tropical
Asia: Long-Jiang, a branch of Ruili-Jiang, Irrawaddy drainage, China.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 40.9 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 86860)
Morphology | Morphometrics
(total): 33 - 34;
soft rays: 55 - 59. Can be diagnosed by having the following characters: dorsal fin with 56-60 rays; caudal fin with 17-19 rays; dorsal and anal fins joined to caudal fin only near its base; caudal-fin outline entirely separated from that of dorsal and anal fins; body sides lacking marbling, hexagonal meshes, or irregular dark brown blotches except with 14-15 dark blotches on its back; abdomen grey without a line or hexagonal meshes; and head length less than 3.5 times of head width and 2.8 times of snout length (Ref. 86860).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Yang, L.-P. and W. Zhou, 2011. A review of the genus Mastacembelus (Perciformes, Mastacembeloidae) in China with description of two new species and one new record. Acta Zootaxonomica Sinica 36(2):325-331. (Ref. 86860)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00302 (0.00138 - 0.00659), b=2.91 (2.72 - 3.10), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.3 ±0.4 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 (32 of 100) .