Classification / Names
Common names | Synonyms | Catalog of Fishes (gen., sp.) | ITIS | CoL | WoRMS | Cloffa
Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Scorpaeniformes
(Scorpionfishes and flatheads) > Liparidae
Etymology: Rhodichthys: Greek, rhodeos, a,-on = rose + Greek, ichthys = fish (Ref. 45335); melanocephalus: Name from Greek ????? – b for black and ?????? – hfor head.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; bathydemersal; depth range 1470 - 1695 m (Ref. 86261). Deep-water
Arctic Ocean: Norwegian Sea.
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 10.4 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 86261); 12.5 cm SL (female)
Morphology | Morphometrics
Vertebrae: 62 - 66. This species is distinguished by the following characters: vertebrae 62-66; D 54-58 (3-5 anterior rays short); pectoral-fin rays, 11-14 in upper lobe, 4-7 rudimentary rays in notch, 2-3 in lower lobe; preanal length 36.3-37.4% SL; head 25.3-27.6% SL; postorbital distance (from posterior margin of eye to tip of operculum) large, 14.3-15.5% SL; teeth sharp, closely set and distinctly prominent, with some of posterior teeth much larger than others; posterior margin of gill cover emarginated between rigid ends of gill rays; head and anterior part of body brownish-black; gill cavity and mouth black (Ref. 86261).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Andriashev, A.P. and N.V. Chernova, 2010. Three new snailfishes (Scorpaeniformes: Liparidae) from bathyal depths of the Arctic. Proc. Zool. Inst. Russian Acad. Sci., 314(4):365-380. (Ref. 86261)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES (Ref. 115941)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates of some properties based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.7500 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00427 (0.00189 - 0.00961), b=3.19 (2.99 - 3.39), in cm Total Length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic Level (Ref. 69278
): 3.4 ±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 (21 of 100) .