Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Perciformes
(Perch-likes) > Oplegnathidae
Etymology: Oplegnathus: Greek, hoplon = weapon + Greek, gnathos = jaw (Ref. 45335). More on author: Smith.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 20 - 130 m. Tropical
Western Indian Ocean: Delagoa Bay in Mozambique northwards (Ref. 4387), but the northern limit of its range in not known (Ref. 9660).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 75.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9660); common length : 50.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 9660)
Inhabits reef areas and feeds on benthic invertebrates.
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Heemstra, P.C., 1984. Oplegnathidae. In W. Fischer and G. Bianchi (eds.) FAO species identification sheets for fishery purposes. Western Indian Ocean (Fishing area 51). Vol. 3, FAO, Rome. (Ref. 9660)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 22.9 - 26.6, mean 25.6 (based on 16 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5156 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01995 (0.00906 - 0.04395), b=3.01 (2.83 - 3.19), in cm Total Length, based on all LWR estimates for this body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.37 se; Based on food items.
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (32 of 100) .