Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Pleuronectiformes
(Flatfishes) > Bothidae
Etymology: Asterorhombus: Greek, aster = star + Greek, rhombos = paralelogram (Ref. 45335); filifer: Name from Latin, 'filum' for filament and 'fero' for carry, referring to the long first dorsal-fin ray, as it appears in small specimens and when the membrane is furled around the ray. More on authors: Hensley & Randall.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 3 - 57 m (Ref. 57759). Tropical
Indo-Pacific: South Africa to Hawaii.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.5 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 63 - 69. This species is distinguished by the following combination of characters: palmate gill-rakers; uniserial dentition in both jaws; first dorsal-fin ray separated from remainder of fin, elongate, 0.8-1.7 in head length (HL), posterior membrane on ray broad, with a smooth margin, and running nearly entire length of ray; eyes usually with one tentacle, frequently branched; sexual dimorphism in interorbital width in specimens larger than ca. 60 mm SL, 8.9-18 in HL (1.6-3.1 % SL) in males, 15-21.2 (0.9-2.3 % SL) in females; body depth 2.0-2.5 in SL (40.4-50.1 SL); lateral line scales 56-67 (Ref. 57773).
Found near reefs, in gullies, or cave entrances on sand or coral- or rock-rubble bottoms at 3-57 m depth (Ref. 57759). Benthic (Ref. 58302). Feeds on small fishes and crustaceans (Ref. 89972).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Hensley, D.A., 2005. Revision of the genus Asterorhombus (Pleuronectiformes: Bothidae). Copeia 2005(3):445-460. (Ref. 57759)
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
): 24.5 - 28.9, mean 27.4 (based on 378 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.6250 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.01000 (0.00430 - 0.02326), b=3.01 (2.82 - 3.20), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.5 ±0.4 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (29 of 100) .