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Brachiopsilus ziebelli  Last & Gledhill, 2009

Ziebell’s Handfish
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Lophiiformes (Anglerfishes) > Brachionichthyidae (Handfishes)
Etymology: Brachiopsilus: Name from Latin 'brachium' (arm) and Greek 'psilos' (bare or smooth), referring to the smooth surfaces of their body and arm-like pectoral fins.;  ziebelli: Named in honour of Alan Ziebell, a professional diver, who hand collected some of the first specimens near the Actaeon Islands (D’Entrecasteaux Channel) when fishing for abalone. These specimens were initially displayed in a marine aquarium at his home a.   More on author: Last.

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; demersal; depth range 10 - 20 m (Ref. 82446).   Temperate, preferred ?; 43°S - 44°S, 146°E - 148°E

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Eastern Indian Ocean: Restricted to eastern and southern Tasmania, Australia.

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Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 11.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 82446)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Dorsal spines (total): 18 - 20; Anal spines: 9-10. Member of the genus Brachiopsilus with a combination of the following characters: esca small, 19–32% of illicium length; illicium thick, fleshy, length 18–24% SL, 2.4–3.0 times in head length, 1.2–1.4 times in length of second dorsal-fin spine; apex of esca situated well posterior of hind margin of eye when illicium adpressed; esca slightly wider than illicial stem, covered with dense, short papillae; head bulbous; eye small (horizontal diameter 5–6% SL); mouth broad; lips very fleshy with vertical folds; body and fins entirely naked in adults (except for scales associated with pores of the acoustico-lateralis system); 4 sensory pores above eye; short first dorsal-fin base (length 21–25% SL); second dorsal-fin rays 16–18, length of fin base 63–70% SL; length of second dorsal-fin spine 0.8–1.2 times length of longest ray of second dorsal fin; 9–10 anal-fin rays, length of anal-fin base 34–38% SL; 9 pectoral-fin rays; short caudal peduncle (length 2–5% SL); caudal fin small, its length barely longer than fin rays of pectoral fin, length 2.7–3.4 times caudal peduncle depth; body whitish with fine, greyish purple peppering; fins vivid yellow (Ref. 82446).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

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Last, P. and D.C. Gledhill, 2009. A revision of the Australian handfishes (Lophiiformes: Brachionichthyidae), with descriptions of three new genera and nine new species. Zootaxa 2252:1-77. (Ref. 82446)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)

CITES (Ref. 94142)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

  Harmless




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Estimates of some properties based on models

Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805):  PD50 = 0.6251   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.9   ±0.2 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278):  .
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153):  Low vulnerability (10 of 100) .