Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes(genus, species) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Beryciformes
(Sawbellies) > Melamphaidae
(Bigscale fishes or ridgeheads)
Etymology: Melamphaes: Greek, melan, -anos = black + Greek, amphi = both side (Ref. 45335); proximus: Name from Latin 'proximus' meaning nearest or closes, referring to its close relation to the Atlantic M. longivelis..
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 990 - 1162 m (Ref. 117111). Deep-water
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Point map | Introductions | Faunafri
Indo-West Pacific: from Madagascar and West Australia seamounts (Big Australian Bight) to off New Guinea Island and to Japan.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 117111)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 8;
Vertebrae: 28 - 29. This species is distinguished by the following characters: first gill arch with 18-19 rakers; eye diameter is greater than width of suborbital bone; depth of caudal peduncle more than twice in its length; 28-29 vertebrae, of them trunk 12-13; haemal arch of first caudal vertebra no spurs; D III 15-16, A I 8, soft rays in ventral fin 7; the ventral fin begins beyond vertical of posterior margin of pectoral fin insertion; the anal fin begins beyond vertical of last ray of dorsal fin (Ref. 117111).
Gonadal maturity at stage III for males (5.05 cm SL) and stage IV for female (9.3 cm SL) (Ref. 117111).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Kotlyar, A.N., 2015. Revision of the genus Melamphaes (Melamphaidae). 3. Oligo-raker species: M. proximus sp. n., M. contradictorius sp. n., and M. succedanaus sp. n. J. Ichthyol. 55(5):619-629 (Ref. 117111)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Threat to humans
CountriesFAO areasEcosystemsOccurrencesIntroductionsStocksEcologyDietFood itemsFood consumptionRation
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingNutrientsMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82804
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01072 (0.00444 - 0.02583), b=3.10 (2.89 - 3.31), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.6 ±0.2 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).