Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes
(Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Liparidae
Etymology: Psednos: Greek, psednos, -e, -on = rare (Ref. 45335); cryptocaeca: Name from Greek 'krypto-' for hidden and the Latin 'caecum' or blind; referring to the difficulty of finding the pyloric caeca in this species.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; pelagic-oceanic; depth range ? - 121 m (Ref. 92437). Subtropical
Southwest Pacific: off Otago Canyons, east of southern New Zealand.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 9.6 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 92437)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 43 - 44;
Vertebrae: 56. This species is distinguished by the following characters: vertebrae 56, pectoral fin rays 15 (6+4+5); terminal mouth oblique, its angle about 45°, posterior lower edge of lower jaw with anterior projecting blunt spine; very slender teeth, needle-like; long opercle long, slender and slightly curved, pointing posteroventrally but primarily down; lower margin emarginate, supported by at least two, possibly three, branchiostegal rays; coronal pore apparently absent; abdominal vertebrae forming a marked dorsal curve; mandible to abdomen end about 175% HL; dark brown peritoneum visible through body wall; stomach brownish, intestine entirely cream-colored (Ref. 92437).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Stein, D.L., 2012. A review of the snailfishes (Liparidae, Scorpaeniformes) of New Zealand, including descriptions of a new genus and sixteen new species. Zootaxa 3588:1-54. (Ref. 92437)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 119314)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg 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=0.00468 (0.00207 - 0.01059), b=3.19 (2.99 - 3.39), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±0.6 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 69278
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (16 of 100) .