Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
() > Ophidiiformes
(Cusk eels) > Dinematichthyidae
Etymology: Alionematichthys: Name from Latin alius meaning the other or different, and nematichthys, the stem of the genus name Dinematichthys, to which this genus is most similar.; crassiceps: Named for the characteristic big head (Latin crassus for thick and the adjective ending derived from caput or head; noun in apposition. More on authors: Møller & Schwarzhans.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; reef-associated; depth range 0 - 5 m (Ref. 90102). Tropical
Eastern Indian Ocean: Western Australia (Ref. 88966). Western Pacific: along oceanic islands, from Micronesia (Palau, Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kapingamarangi Atoll), Hermit I., and the Kiriwina (Trobriand) Is., New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji to Tonga. Probable records from Taiwan (NW Pacific).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 6.3 cm SL male/unsexed; (Ref. 81230)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 57 - 64;
Vertebrae: 41 - 43. This species is distinguished by the following characters: ; D 72-81; A 57-64; small eyes (1.3-2.5%SL); blunt snout, no cirri; cheeks with scales and 3-10 scales above opercular spine; with upper preopercular pore; outer pseudoclasper broad-based, simple flap like, while the inner one with free, forward-pointing anterior lobe and broad posterior lobe; otolith length to height 1.9-2.0, with rounded dorsal rim; otolith length to sulcus length 1.7-1.8, very short caudal, ostium length to cauda length 4.5-5.0 (Ref. 81230).
Cryptic, solitary inhabitant of shallow water, usually in rocky crevices (Ref. 90102). A 5.6 cm SL gravid female (USNM 394976) with 95 embryos, 0.41 cm TL in length, and approximately 50 orange eggs, 0.06 cm in diameter (Ref. 81230).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Møller, P.R. and W. Schwarzhans, 2008. Review of the Dinematichthyini (Teleostei, Bythitidae) of the Indo-west Pacific, Part IV. Dinematichthys and two new genera with descriptions of nine new species. The Beagle 24:87-146. (Ref. 81230)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 120744)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
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Estimates based on models
Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969
): 24.4 - 29.3, mean 28.4 (based on 1383 cells).
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5005 [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
): 3.3 ±0.5 se; Based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): High, minimum population doubling time less than 15 months ().
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low vulnerability (12 of 100) .