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Bathytroctes microlepis  Günther, 1878

Smallscale smooth-head
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Osmeriformes (Smelts) > Alepocephalidae (Slickheads)
Etymology: Bathytroctes: Greek, bathys = deep + Greek, trokta, -on = sweets for dessert; also = troktos, -e, -on = edible (Ref. 45335).   More on author: Günther.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; bathypelagic; depth range 0 - 4900 m (Ref. 58018), usually ? - 1800 m (Ref. 4460).   Deep-water; 54°N - 22°S, 91°W - 95°E (Ref. 57321)

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Eastern Atlantic: off southwestern Ireland, Bay of Biscay southward to Namibia including Azores and Madeira Islands. Elsewhere, western Atlantic, South China Sea, southeast Pacific and in tropical waters of the eastern Indian Ocean.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 32.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 4460)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Cheeks or the upper part of the operculum without scales (less than 2 scale rows below the postorbital canal). Transverse scale rows at least ten more than the lateral line (rarely less than 10) (Ref. 34286).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Markle, D.F. and J.-C. Quéro, 1984. Alepocephalidae (including Bathylaconidae, Bathyprionidae). p. 228-253. In P.J.P. Whitehead, M.-L. Bauchot, J.-C. Hureau, J. Nielsen and E. Tortonese (eds.) Fishes of the North-eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean. UNESCO, Paris. Vol. 1. (Ref. 4736)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 3.2 - 9.3, mean 4.5 (based on 681 cells; Ref. 115970).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5005   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00347 (0.00157 - 0.00764), 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. 69278):  Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate to high vulnerability (46 of 100) .