Actinopteri (ray-finned fishes) > Eupercaria/misc
(Various families in series Eupercaria) > Sparidae
Etymology: Dentex: Latin, dens, dentis = teeth (Ref. 45335); abei: Named after the late Dr. Tokiharu Abe, who studied many Japanese fish species and was aware of the uniqueness of the species..
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; benthopelagic; depth range 50 - 150 m (Ref. 75039). Temperate
Western Pacific: Japan, Ryukyu Is.; south to the Philippines.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 30.7 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75039)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 8;
Vertebrae: 24. This species is distinguished by the following characters: D XII, 10; 14 pectoral fin rays; small orbit diameter (in head length, 3.09-4.09, mean 3.66); blunt snout angle (79°-83°, mean 81°); body prominent pinkish-red with silvery reflection, between each horizontal scale row below lateral line are 5-6 bright cobalt or blue small-spotted lines that are visible only from oblique dorsal view, similar line of small blue spots rising obliquely above lateral line; eye with uniformly reddish-gold sheen; absence of a prominent yellow blotch in the anterior nostril and snout region; dorsal fin rays with saffron-yellow membrane but each ray is reddish-yellow (Ref. 75039).
Most samples were collected by hand-line (Ref. 75039).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Iwatsuki, Y., M. Akazaki and N. Taniguchi, 2007. Review of the species of the genus Dentex (Perciformes:Sparidae) in the Western Pacific defined as the D. hypselosomus complex with the description of a new species, Dentex abei and a redescription of Evynnis tumifrons. Bull. Natl. Mus. Nat. Sci. Ser. A. Suppl. 1:29-49. (Ref. 75039)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 125652)
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
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Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 17.9 - 26.9, mean 21.8 °C (based on 57 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5001 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.02138 (0.00993 - 0.04605), b=2.97 (2.80 - 3.14), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this Subfamily-BS (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.7 ±0.6 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Fishing Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (27 of 100) .
Climate Vulnerability (Ref. 125649
): (0 of 100) .