Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Alepocephaliformes
(Slickheads and tubeshoulders.) > Alepocephalidae
Etymology: Bathytroctes: Greek, bathys = deep + Greek, trokta, -on = sweets for dessert; also = troktos, -e, -on = edible (Ref. 45335).
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 2010 - 5057 m (Ref. 34286). Deep-water; 53°N - 9°S
Eastern Atlantic: southwest of Ireland and off Portugal; Cameroon south to Angola (Ref. 4460). Also known from the Northwest Atlantic.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 37.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4460)
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Sazonov, Y.I., 1999. On the revision of the genus Bathytroctes Günther (Alepocephalidae): a review of the abyssobenthopelagic forms (previously referred to the genus Nomoctes) with a description of two new species. J. Ichthyol. 39(9):699-712. (Ref. 34286)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 123416)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 2.6 - 3.3, mean 2.9 °C (based on 650 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5005 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00347 (0.00164 - 0.00733), b=3.19 (3.00 - 3.38), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.5 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Moderate to high vulnerability (50 of 100) .