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Trachonurus gagates  Iwamoto & McMillan, 1997

Velvet whiptail
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa

Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Gadiformes (Cods) > Macrouridae (Grenadiers or rattails) > Macrourinae
Etymology: Trachonurus: Greek, trachon, -onos = roughness + Greek, oura = tail (Ref. 45335);  gagates: Named in reference to the dark scale covering of the body..   More on author: Iwamoto.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 436 - 1240 m (Ref. 13675).   Deep-water; 15°S - 44°S

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Western Pacific: Australia and New Zealand.

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 47.8 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 13675)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 2; Dorsal soft rays (total): 6-8. Without a grooved lateral line. Chin barbel 4-8 % of head length. Suborbital width, 13-15%; postorbital length of head 50-55%. Total gill rakers of first arch (mesial) 11-13; second arch (lateral or mesial) 10-13/10-12. Scale rows below mid-base of first dorsal 25-31; over a distance equal to predorsal length usually 35-42; and between pelvic fin base and gill cover 11-14. Mouth moderately large; lips thick and fleshy (Ref. 13675).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

A benthic species found on the continental slope (Ref. 75154).

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Iwamoto, T. and P. McMillan, 1997. A new grenadier , genus Trachonurus, from New Zealand and Australia (Pisces: Gadiformes: Macrouridae). Mem. Mus. Victoria 56(1):255-259. (Ref. 13675)

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): 5.7 - 9, mean 7.8 (based on 107 cells; Ref. 115970).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.5156   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00219 (0.00097 - 0.00495), b=3.17 (2.98 - 3.36), 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):  Low, minimum population doubling time 4.5 - 14 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Moderate to high vulnerability (53 of 100) .