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Melamphaes falsidicus  Kotlyar, 2011

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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Stephanoberyciformes (Pricklefishes, bigscales and gibberfishes) > Melamphaidae (Bigscale fishes or ridgeheads)
Etymology: Melamphaes: Greek, melan, -anos = black + Greek, amphi = both side (Ref. 45335);  falsidicus: when it was identified as M. microps (Ref. 87970).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; bathypelagic.   Deep-water; 58°N - 34°N, 34°W - 57°W

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Northern Atlantic (temperate and northern part of the subtropical zone): northeastern slope of Grand Bank and Reykjanes Ridge, Humpback Bank (Ref. 87970).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 8.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 87970)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 3; Dorsal soft rays (total): 15-16; Anal spines: 1; Anal soft rays: 7 - 8; Vertebrae: 29. The species is characterized by the following: rakers on the first gill arch 21-23; abdominal vertebrae 11, total vertebrae 29, haemal arch of the first caudal vertebra with 2 ventrolateral oriented spurs; D III 15-16; P 14-155; seven soft rays in the ventral fin; ventral fin starts under the vertical line of the posterior margin of the pectoral fin basement or from this vertical line); anal fin starts under the last ray of the dorsal fin (Ref. 87970).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Specimens of this species were sampled by open-mouth nets at 2500-0 m depth range and by bottom trawls at 700-790 m (Ref. 87970).

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Kotlyar, A.N., 2011. Revision of genus Melamphaes (Melamphaidae). II. Multi-raker species: M. polylepis, M. falsidicus sp. nova, M. pachystomus sp. nova, M. macrocephalus, M. leprus. J. Ichthyol. 51(8):658-661. (Ref. 87970)

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=0.01023 (0.00393 - 0.02664), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.8   ±0.2 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate to high vulnerability (46 of 100) .