Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Aulopiformes
(Grinners) > Aulopidae
Etymology: Aulopus: Greek, aulos = flute + Greek, pous = foot (Ref. 45335).
More on author: Poll.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 50 - 1000 m (Ref. 27000). Deep-water
Southeast Atlantic: presumably restricted to tropical northwestern Africa.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 40.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4471)
Found on continental shelf and slope. Feeds on fishes (Ref. 3548).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Sulak, K.J., 1990. Aulopidae. p. 349-350. In J.C. Quero, J.C. Hureau, C. Karrer, A. Post and L. Saldanha (eds.) Check-list of the fishes of the eastern tropical Atlantic (CLOFETA). JNICT, Lisbon; SEI, Paris; and UNESCO, Paris. Vol. 1. (Ref. 4471)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
Fisheries: minor commercial
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 123201
): 7.3 - 14.1, mean 11 °C (based on 37 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00437 (0.00182 - 0.01048), b=3.12 (2.91 - 3.33), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 4.2 ±0.73 se; based on food items.
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate vulnerability (39 of 100).