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Barbapellis pterygalces  Iglésias, Dettai & Ozouf-Costaz, 2012

Moose eelpout
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Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes (Perch-likes) > Zoarcidae (Eelpouts) > Gymnelinae
Etymology: pterygalces: The species name pterygalces is from the Greek πτερύγιο (fin) and the Latin alces (moose) and refers to the palmate pectoral fins of the species similar to moose palmate antlers. The English common name "moose eelpout" and the French common name "lycode élan" are proposed (Ref. 87479).

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 1136 - 1241 m (Ref. 87479).   Polar, preferred ?; 65°S - 66°S, 139°E - 140°E

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Southern Ocean: known from a single adult female specimen from off Terre Adélie (65°26'41'' - 65°28'10'' S, 139°19' 7'' - 139°25'57'' E).

Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 20.4 cm TL (female)

Short description Morphology | Morphometrics

Vertebrae: 120. Barbapellis is a gymneline zoarcid, as defined by Anderson (1994), with the following combination of characters: a system of cephalic skin crests and prominent flaps, composed by one nasal, two maxillary, two anteromandibular and two posteromandibular flaps, and one mediodorsal, two laterodorsal, two supraorbitomaxillary, two preoperculomandibular, two internoventral, and two externoventral crests; preoperculomandibular pores 6; suborbital pores 4; postorbital pores 2; nasal tubes elongate; large, flexible, and highly palmate pectoral fins (length 143.9% HL); pectoral-fin rays 12–13; pelvic fins present; gill slit restricted; minute and sparse scales on body; lateral line mediolateral, short, not continuing on body; palatine and vomerine teeth present; vertebrae 21 + 99 = 120 (Ref. 87479).

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Found on muddy bottom, collected at ca 1200 m depth (Ref. 87479).

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Iglésias, S.P., A. Dettai and C. Ozouf-Costaz, 2011. Barbapellis pterygalces, new genus and new species of a singular eelpout (Zoarcidae: Teleostei) from the Antarctic deep waters. Polar Biol. 35(2):215-220. (Ref. 87479)

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 = 1.0000   [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00110 (0.00042 - 0.00288), b=3.09 (2.86 - 3.32), based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245).
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278):  3.2   ±0.4 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):  Low to moderate vulnerability (33 of 100) .