Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Chlopsidae
Etymology: Chlopsis: Greek, chloea = green + Greek, opsis = appearance (Ref. 45335); kazuko: Named in honor of Kazuko Nakamura in recognition of her faithful and dedicated service to the LACM section of fishes by single-handedly archiving the Giles W. Mead ichthyological library (Ref. 40870)
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 50 - 100 m (Ref. 96339), usually - m (Ref. ). Tropical; 0°C -
Eastern Central Pacific: Gulf of California. Mexico southward to Costa Rica (Ref. 97056).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 40870)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 123 - 126. Head and body pigment uniformly distributed and sharply demarcated, heavily pigmented dorsally and unpigmented ventrally; dorsal fin origin over or in front of gill opening (Ref. 40870).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Lavenberg, R.J., 1988. Chlopsid eels of the eastern Pacific with a new species and descriptions of larval forms. Bull. Mar. Sci. 42(2):253-264. (Ref. 40870)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 124695)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 15.5 - 21.6, mean 19.3 °C (based on 9 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5002 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00102 (0.00046 - 0.00225), b=3.06 (2.88 - 3.24), in cm total length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.6 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .