Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Trichiuridae
(Cutlassfishes) > Lepidopinae
Etymology: Evoxymetopon: Greek, eu = good + Greek, oxys = sharpen + Greek, metopon = brow (Ref. 45335); moricheni: Named for Mordechai (‘Mori’) Chen, who first discovered the species (holotype) while diving in the Gulf of Aqaba.
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; benthopelagic. Tropical, preferred ?
Indian Ocean: Red Sea.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 83.0 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 95272)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 88. This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: convex upper head profile; the posterior confluence of frontal ridges slightly elevated at the nape that a slight sagittal crest is seen; crescent-shaped nostril; eye 5.2 times in HL; lower hind margin of the opercle is slightly pointed in its lower half; pelvic fins, reduced to scale-like structure, soft rays 2 on the posterior process of the basipterygium, its origin below the eighth dorsal-fin element; first anal spine single, oval, scale like, and originating a short distance behind the vent (opposite the 34th dorsal-fin soft ray); externally visible around 17 anal-fin rays; approximately 83 dorsal-fin elements, with first spine not elongated and shorter than second; pectoral-fin rays 12 (ii + 6 + iv), with shorter anterior (fourth ray shortest) and longer posterior rays extending above the lateral line; upper gill rakers of the first arch 9; vent located at about 49 % TL; total vertebrae 88; horizontal distance between posterior margin of the eye and origin of the first dorsal-fin spine very short (2 % HL); PL 51.1 % TL; HL
29.7 % PL; upper jaw length 11.6 % PL; predorsal length 20.3 % PL; head and body silver white, with a blackish margin anteriorly on the snout and head, continuing along the anterior half of the dorsal-fin base (Ref. 95272).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Fricke, R., D. Golani and B. Appelbaum-Golani, 2014. Evoxymetopon moricheni, a new cutlassfish from the northern Red Sea (Teleostei: Trichiuridae). Ichthyol. Res. 61(3):293-297. (Ref. 95272)
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
= 0.5625 [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
): 4.2 ±0.7 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 vulnerability (41 of 100) .