Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Malacanthidae
(Tilefishes) > Latilinae
Etymology: Branchiostegus: Greek, brangchia = gills + Greek, stego = roof, to cover (Ref. 45335).
Environment / Climate / Range
Marine; demersal; depth range 45 - 180 m (Ref. 9607). Deep-water, preferred ?
Indo-West Pacific: Red Sea and off Durban, South Africa. Reported from the Arafura Sea (Ref. 9819), northwestern Australia (Ref. 5978) and the Philippines (Ref. 9877, 9880).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 60.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 5591)
Occurs in the continental shelf (Ref. 7300). Found over muddy bottoms (Ref. 5213). Considered poisonous by local fishers in the Red Sea and thus are generally discarded (Ref. 9880).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Amirthalingam, C., 1969. A new fish from the Red Sea. Sudan Notes Rec. 50:129-133. (Ref. 9874)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 109396)
CITES (Ref. 94142)
Threat to humans
Poisonous to eat (Ref. 9880)
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [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
): 3.6 ±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 (54 of 100) .