Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Serranidae
(Sea basses: groupers and fairy basslets) > Anthiinae
Etymology: Plectranthias: Greek, plektron = anyhting to strike with, spur + Greek, anthias = a fish, Sparus aurata (Ref. 45335); alcocki: Named for W. Alcock, for his contribution to the taxonomy of deep-sea fauna of Indian seas.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 180 - 320 m (Ref. 95532). Tropical
Western Indian Ocean: Arabian Sea, India.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 7.2 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 95532)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 7. This species is distinguished by the following set of characters: D X,15, fourth dorsal spine longest, 2.8 (2.6) in HL; A III,7; pectoral-fin rays 14; pelvic-fin rays I,5; complete lateral-line with 28 pored scales; scales above lateral line to origin of dorsal fin 1; scales dorsally on head extending to posterior nostrils; maxilla or chin without scales; gill-rakers 5 + 11 (2 + 7 developed); circumpeduncular scales 10; body depth of holotype 34.4% SL, head length 46% SL, orbit diameter 8.6 in SL, dorsal fin slightly notched and continuous, with longest dorsal soft ray (second) 2.4 in HL, first anal-fin spine 4.9 in HL, second anal spine 2.2 in HL; dorsal fin with a black blotch at base of 4th-8th spines, one at base of the last three spines, and two at base of soft portion of fin, the dark pigment extending onto adjacent body; margin of preopercle finely serrate, 33 serrae, and ventral edge without antrorse spines (Ref. 95532).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Bineesh, K.K., K.V. Akhilesh, A. Gopalakrishnan and J.K. Jena, 2014. Plectranthias alcocki, a new anthiine fish species (Perciformes: Serranidae) from the Arabian Sea, off southwest India. Zootaxa 3785(3):490-496. (Ref. 95532)
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=0.00389 (0.00180 - 0.00842), b=3.12 (2.94 - 3.30), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.7 ±0.5 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 (13 of 100) .