Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Ophidiiformes
(Cusk eels) > Ophidiidae
(Cusk-eels) > Neobythitinae
Etymology: Bassogigas: Latin, bassus = thick, fat + Latin, gigas, gigantis = giant (Ref. 45335); walkeri: Named for H. J. Walker, SIO.. More on author: Nielsen.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 2333 - 2590 m (Ref. 86400). Tropical, preferred ?
Western Pacific: Guam.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 50.5 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 86400)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 82;
Vertebrae: 59. This species is distinguished and differs from B. gillii by its short lateral line, snout to end of lateral line 39.5% SL (vs. 64-80% SL) and ending below dorsal fin ray number 10 (vs. 47-69) and above vertebra number 12 (vs. 31-43); scales in midline of body 175 (vs. 130-150); distance between base of pelvic fins and anal fin origin 34.5% SL (vs. 24.0-32.5% SL); two median basibranchial tooth patches, the anterior long and narrow (vs. short and broad); scale rows between origin of dorsal fin and lateral line 11 (vs. 7-8); sagitta thick, 23% its length (vs. 12-16% its height (Ref. 86400).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Nielsen, J.G. and P.R. Møller, 2011. Revision of the bathyal cusk-eels of the genus Bassogigas (Ophidiidae) with description of a new species from off Guam, west Pacific Ocean. J. Fish Biol. 78:783-795. (Ref. 86400)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00244 - 0.04107), b=3.04 (2.81 - 3.27), based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.7 ±0.6 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 (49 of 100) .