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Oplegnathus peaolopesi  Smith, 1947

Mozambique knifejaw
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Oplegnathidae (Knifejaws)
Etymology: Oplegnathus: Greek, hoplon = weapon + Greek, gnathos = jaw (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Smith.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; reef-associated; depth range 20 - 130 m.   Tropical

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Western Indian Ocean: Delagoa Bay in Mozambique northwards (Ref. 4387), but the northern limit of its range in not known (Ref. 9660).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 75.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9660); common length : 50.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9660)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 11; Dorsal soft rays (total): 20-21; Anal spines: 3; Anal soft rays: 16. Adults dark bronzy brown in color.

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Inhabits reef areas and feeds on benthic invertebrates.

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Heemstra, P.C., 1984. Oplegnathidae. In W. Fischer and G. Bianchi (eds.) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing area 51). Vol. 3, FAO, Rome. (Ref. 9660)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Fisheries: commercial
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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5156   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01995 (0.00906 - 0.04395), b=3.01 (2.83 - 3.19), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.5   ±0.37 se; Based on food items.
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low to moderate vulnerability (32 of 100) .
Price category (Ref. 80766):   Unknown.